Britain 'must accept' all European Union laws during transition: Barnier

Britain 'must accept' all European Union laws during transition: Barnier

The UK's Brexit secretary, David Davis, insisted in the Commons on Monday that it will want a say about European Union laws passed during the transition when it has "no representation".

Davis will be speaking in the House of Lords at 2:35 p.m.

Deadline set by European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier to wrap up the talks with Britain.

"We will then have a strictly time-limited implementation period, which will be as short as is practicable - we now expect that to be in the region of two years".

"In fact. stronger because we both face the same challenges across the world, and as you say, we're working together to meet those challenges", she said.

He said: "We can't go too close to the end of the year".

"One of the things the prime minister will be focusing on this visit is looking at the scope to work with China, as China opens up its markets, to move towards a more ambitious trading relationship with China", Woodward told reporters. He reminded us that phase one of the negotiations is not over yet. So that bit will tend to be related to individual industries.

Germany's Brexit envoy, Peter Ptassek, has said the final deal depends on resolving the withdrawal issues.

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Alternatively, if the United Kingdom were to retain access to the single market through membership of the European Economic Area the loss would be just 2%. "And I think it will turn out to be very much to their detriment".

Davis conceded that Britain would continue to accept the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice during the transition.

He said: "Philip has made very clear that he's fully on board with the approach that the Prime Minister has set out in both her Lancaster House and Florence speeches previous year when she talked about trying to get a deal in the forthcoming negotiations. We take the view that it is not particularly good democratic practice to have your country accept without any say-so anything, and particularly if the European Union takes it upon itself to do something which is actively disadvantageous to a major British industry, or something like that". How is that different to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond's notion of a Brexit with only modest changes?

Barnier said this timetable was still subject to May and her ministers agreeing a plan among themselves and presenting it to Brussels - and also depends on finalising many issues on the divorce treaty.

"Even more importantly, we are now into a critical nine months for the future of the country, so the cabinet need to get a grip by acting collectively to shape Brexit and agree an ideal end-state based in reality, on what parliament will approve eventually - and then stick to it". But "you leave, you leave.you can't remain in the decision-making process".

Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, who chaired the meeting, said the ministers gave "a clear mandate" on their requirements for the transition period.

The pace of European Union legislation is slow enough that little which might be decided in the 21 months could be forced on Britain before it had fully left the system on December 31, 2020.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "There is obviously going to be a negotiation on what the implementation period looks like. This will be a negotiation and there will naturally be some distance in the detail of our starting positions", the spokesperson said at a briefing.