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David Davis and Theresa May are set to embark on an EU charm offensive
The Prime Minister will ramp up her attempts to charm leaders in Brussels this autumn, amid concerns they do not appreciate how much of an effort she has been making to move Brexit forward.
Brexit Secretary David Davis is planning meetings in London and across Europe with senior officials from a variety of EU27 countries in an attempt to bring them on side, Bloomberg reports.
Mrs May hopes EU leaders will agree to talk about the future of Britain’s trading relationship with the bloc at a critical summit in December.
She will first need leaders to agree that “sufficient progress” has been made on a hefty divorce bill, after she offered a whopping €20billion sum in a recent speech and was rebuffed.
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UK officials believe EU negotiator Michel Barnier understands how far talks have come since they began in June, however governments in France and Germany are not convinced.
The EU has offered Britain two more rounds of negotiations before the crucial December 14 summit, which have yet to be agreed.
The government hopes to negotiate a transitional trade deal with the EU in the coming months before commencing complex trade talks for a future relationship with the bloc.
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The EU is expected to say that they will start internal preparatory work on a post-Brexit transition period and a future trade deal with Britain
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Emmanuel Macron holds a press conference on the second day of European Council meetings
Theresa May’s spokesman told reporters the Cabinet will discuss the upcoming talks at its Tuesday meeting.
He said: “They will be looking at Brexit preparations for all outcomes. Obviously that includes no deal, but as the prime minister has said, we are confident of getting a deal.”
However one political commentator has said walking away from Brexit talks without a deal would be a good thing for Britain.
Paul Quigley clamed the Eurozone would be in “meltdown” while Britain “sets sail for prosperity is a new era of post-communitarian competition and choice”.
He told Express.co.uk: “The fact is, that as the fifth largest economy in the world according to experts, Britain is well-placed to walk away from any stitch-up deal with the collapsing EU anyway.”
He added: “No deal is a win-win for Brexit Britain. They need us way more than we need them.”