Trade talks will not start until February at earliest, EU tells UK
Brussels officials say there can be no discussion on trade deal without ‘more clarity’ from May and her divided cabinet
The EU has told Theresa May it will not start discussing the terms of a trade relationship with the UK until February at the earliest, and only then if the British prime minister has taken a grip of her divided cabinet and come up with an agreed vision of the future.
While May was being lauded by her ministers in London on Friday, EU officials in Brussels said that when leaders did move the Brexit talks forward, the first negotiations would have to be limited to the terms of a time-limited transition period.
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