Barnier for”ambitious” free trade deal

Michel Barnier – the European Commission chief negotiator in Brexit talks – calls for transparency in two-years negotiations. Previously Barnier indicated that Brexit agreement, covering financial liabilities, citizens’ rights and the border in Ireland, will need to be accepted by a qualified majority of 72% of the EU27, representing 65% of the population. The agreement would then need to be approved by the European parliament, voting by a simple majority.

Barnier said that any free trade deal, to be struck after the UK leaves, would be a “mixed agreement” requiring ratification by the national parliaments of the 27 states, plus consent by the European parliament. He also hope for EU-UK “ambitious free-trade agreement.”

Prime minister May clearly indicated in her ‘leave’ letter that walking away without a deal is not in the best interest of the UK and the EU.

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