US News Michel Barnier tells Britain: 'Time has now come to make a choice'

18:06  05 february  2018
18:06  05 february  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Michel Barnier : UK must make a choice on customs union. Barnier told Britain that it cannot expect to enjoy tariff-free access to the EU markets after Brexit if it is outside the single market and customs union.

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Michel Barnier © Provided by Business Insider UK Michel Barnier

LONDON — The EU's chief Brexit negotiator today told Britain "time has now come to make a choice" on what sort of relationship it wants with the European Union after it leaves the bloc.

Speaking at a press conference in Westminster on Monday afternoon, Michel Barnier warned Theresa May that the EU expects UK government to communicate an official position on what it wants from Brexit in the coming days.

Barnier told Britain that it cannot expect to enjoy tariff-free access to the EU markets after Brexit if it is outside the single market and customs union.

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Michel Barnier tells Britain to make up its mind on Brexit. LONDON — The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator today told Britain the “ time has now come to make a choice ” on what sort of relationship it wants with the European Union after it leaves the bloc.

Michel Barnier has told the UK that "the time has come to make a choice " on the customs union, warning "being outside means there will be unavoidable barriers to trade". The European Union's chief negotiator visited Downing Street for talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May and UK Brexit

"Without a customs union and outside the single market, barriers to trade in goods and services are unavoidable," he said.

On Sunday nightMay categorically ruled out Britain staying in a customs union with the EU after Brexit.

Aa senior government source told BI on Sunday evening: "To put this to rest, we are categorically leaving the customs union. It is not our policy to stay in the customs union. It is not our policy to stay in a customs union."

A spokesperson for the prime minister added on Monday that the government was instead looking at agreeing either a "highly streamlined customs arrangement" or "a new customs partnership" with the EU.

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LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told Britain on Monday that the time had come for Britain to make a choice on what sort of relationship it wanted with the bloc after Brexit.

MICHEL Barnier has told Britain "the time has come to make a choice " as he issued a major warning about "unavoidable" trade barriers if the UK quits the

On Sunday morning the Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the BBC that the prime minister had an "open mind" about the issue. However, this was later dismissed by the Justice minister Dominic Raab, who told Sky News that: "I don’t think we’ll be in any form of customs union, at least as conceived in international trade practice."

The row comes ahead of a crunch meeting of May's Brexit 'war cabinet' which is due to discuss the issue of Britain's future relationship with the EU later this week.

Friends of the foreign secretary Boris Johnson had briefed at the weekend that he was prepared to help overthrow May if she insisted on keeping Britain in some form of customs union, saying "the cavalry is coming" on the issue.

The Cabinet is split over those who want certainty for business that trade will continue to be able to flow freely with the EU and those who want Britain to be able to rapidly sign free trade deals with the rest of the EU.

Membership of a formal customs union would limit Britain's ability to sign new deals. However leaked government analysis last week indicated that leaving the single market and customs union would damage Britain's economy in excess of any economic benefit from a free trade deal with other parts of the world.

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