Wed Aug 22nd, 2018 at 07:56:27 AM EST
Stepping out of bounds with one-on-one talks with a few European counterparts before her holiday ... didn't lead to any advance.
PM May leaves negotiations where it belongs ... with Raab by Barnier in Brussels! Pressure cooker talks ... it's gonna be mighty difficult to get any clear deal before the transition period kicks in. EU wins another round.
But May can always follow friend Trump's advice: sue! Although I wonder if anyone should ever take his advice seriously looking at his predicament. Sinking deeper and deeper. Not a great partner to be tied down with to save Great Britain on trade and tariffs.
More below the fold ...
UK and EU to enter 'continuous' talks to resolve Brexit deadlock | The Guardian |
The UK and the EU have agreed to hold "continuous" Brexit talks after a cool encounter between lead negotiators in Brussels appeared to yield little progress.
"The negotiations are now entering the final stage," said Michel Barnier, the former French minister who is leading the talks for the EU. "We have agreed that the EU and the UK will negotiate continuously from now on."
Dominic Raab, who became Brexit secretary last month after a spate of resignations, said: "We need to step up the intensity of the negotiations as we enter the final phase and we have agreed to meet regularly to resolve those outstanding issues."
With the clock ticking down to an autumn deadline to reach an agreement, Raab said he remained confident of making a deal in October, while his French opposite number said parliamentary timetables meant a deal could be reached "certainly not later than the beginning of November".
Germany wants Europe to form a 'counterweight' to US | DW |
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said that Europe should form a "counterweight" to the United States whenever Washington "crosses red lines."
In a guest article for German business newspaper Handelsblatt, Maas said Germany wants a "balanced partnership" with the United States, in which it "brings its weight where the US withdraws."
"Single-handedly, we will fail in this task. The main goal of our foreign policy is therefore to build a sovereign, strong Europe," Maas wrote.
Maas' article comes againts the backdrop of strained relations between the US and its European allies after US President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the EU, and pulled out of a nuclear deal between Iran and major powers.
Europe has been scrambling to persuade Tehran to remain in the 2015 accord. But with European firms wary of far-reaching US financial penalties, it's proving to be a challenge.
○ Partner bleiben, aber sich emanzipieren - Bundesregierung legt erstmals USA-Strategie vor | Handelsblatt |