FILE PHOTO: The European Union’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier appears to be like on as he addresses the European Financial and Social Committee, on the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium October 30, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A complete settlement on the long run relationship between the European Union and Britain will take extra time to agree than the 11-month transition interval that begins when the UK leaves the EU on the finish of January, the EU’s chief negotiator mentioned on Thursday.
“We merely can not anticipate to agree on each single side of this new partnership in beneath one yr,” Michel Barnier mentioned in a speech in Stockholm.
“We’re able to do our greatest and to do the utmost within the 11 months to safe a fundamental settlement with the UK, however we’ll want extra time to agree on every level of this political declaration.”
Reporting by Jan Strupczewski in Brussels and Simon Johnson in Stockholm; Modifying by Toby Chopra