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Britain open to longer Brexit transition but sees no need for it: May

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Britain open to longer Brexit transition but sees no need for it: May

 

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media as she arrives at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - London is willing to discuss an extension of the transition period after Britain leaves the European Union, without ever planning to use it, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday at a summit of EU leaders.

 

"I'm clear that I expect the implementation period to end at the end of December 2020," May said, referring to the time after Britain's departure to allow business to adapt to being outside the bloc.

 

"The point is that this would not have to be used," May said of the transition period idea until the of 2021.

 

At a dinner on Wednesday evening, May assured EU leaders in Brussels that she can still reach a Brexitdeal, avoiding a showdown over stalled talks as Brussels stepped up planning for a failure of negotiations.

 

May said she was working with the European Union to ensure there was no hard border on the island of Ireland.

 

"If there is a gap between the end of the implementation period and the point at which the future relationship comes in - we don't expect a gap to exist, but if there is, we want to ensure there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland," she told reporters.

 

(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel)

 
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This topic is becoming boring. This is Thailand where we live. Who cares about what happens to the UK? They voted to leave the EU so whether they make a deal or not it is not much interest to us. 

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Dear Theresa, I am open to the UK government depositing 1 billion pounds in my bank account.  Unusual I'm sure, but the point is that this would not have to be used.  If there is a gap between my expected and actual lifestyles - I don't expect a gap to exist, but if there is, I want to ensure there is no hardship in my future life, and my cake will remain in the cupboard despite my eating it every day.

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Yeah, let them stuck with EU for a long time! 

Getting nothing but paying. 

EU will Uk teach a painful lesson 

 

 

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This topic is becoming boring. This is Thailand where we live. Who cares about what happens to the UK? They voted to leave the EU so whether they make a deal or not it is not much interest to us. 

“World news” with an option to ignore.


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Dragging it out to the end of 2021 doesn't make much difference to me except it means the uncertainty continues longer.  But for the country I think it is really bad news.  In March we leave the EU and I assume that at that point every thing is agreed and it is just a matter of implementing the mechanics of the deal.  This latest statement seems to indicate that all is not decided and won't be by the leave date.

 

Of course if there is no deal then there won't be a transition period at all, it really will be the cliff edge.  So at what point will they make that call if that is what they decide on?  It is all very well building the lorry park just outside of Dover but the fallout from a no deal would be massively disruptive and would need a lot of preparing for. 

 

So to come back from Brussels with a proposition to simply extend the transition period indicates to me that neither side are really contemplating a No Deal at all. In which case we are just looking at the Ireland issue and what it entails to get that agreed.  But surely this is really about a trade deal and customs union dressed up as a border issue.

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4 hours ago, gamini said:

This topic is becoming boring. This is Thailand where we live. Who cares about what happens to the UK? They voted to leave the EU so whether they make a deal or not it is not much interest to us. 

It may be of more interest than you think if next year many 1000's of us have to return to the UK because the British Embassy will no longer issue an income certificate.  Therefore it is of extreme interest to some. 

 

If you find the subject boring why bother to open it and post a comment ? Plenty of other topics for you to read.

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10 hours ago, gamini said:

This topic is becoming boring. This is Thailand where we live. Who cares about what happens to the UK? They voted to leave the EU so whether they make a deal or not it is not much interest to us. 

Few cares what happens to the UK. More people care what happens to the EU.

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This topic is becoming boring. This is Thailand where we live. Who cares about what happens to the UK? They voted to leave the EU so whether they make a deal or not it is not much interest to us. 

Not sure you really thought this post post through, even proof reading would have raised alarm bells.


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Few cares what happens to the UK. More people care what happens to the EU.

 

More people?

 

Only if your a MS.

 

The rest of the world couldn’t give a toss if it’s no direct impact.

 

 

 

 

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