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BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are set Friday to authorize a new phase in Brexit talks involving future relations and trade with Britain.
The anticipated clearance will provide a welcome boost to British Prime Minister Theresa May, who earlier this week lost a key parliamentary vote over giving lawmakers the final say on the Brexit deal before Britain leaves the EU in March 2019.
May - Round - Applause - EU - Leaders
May received a round of applause from EU leaders Thursday night after giving her assessment of progress in the talks.
In a breakthrough last week, the two sides agreed that the first round of issues in the Brexit talks had advanced sufficiently for now. These involved Britain’s divorce payment, keeping the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland open and sorting out citizens’ rights following Brexit.
Commission - President - Jean-Claude - Juncker - Efforts
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said “some of us thought, including me, that she did make big efforts and this has to be recognized.”
Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, echoed that view, saying “there was appreciation from everyone,” despite admitting concerns in the EU about developments in London.
May - Priority - Phase - Talks - Transition
May’s first priority in the next phase of talks is to establish a transition period, likely involving Britain remaining part of the single market and the customs union and probably lasting about two years. A transition period would ease Britain out of the EU and provide some certainty to business. Many British firms, particularly in the finance sector, have warned that they might put...
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