Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Danish minister calls for compromise on Brexit

Danish minister calls for compromise on Brexit

He said: "The Florence speech demonstrated the scale of the mess the government is making of these negotiations". But EU leaders have so far resisted that call.

"In any political negotiations, there is not enough time, not enough money, not enough this, not enough that", Danish Finance Minister Kristian Jensen told the Guardian. Germany and France have also rejected Britain's proposed Brexit transition arrangement and the government is reportedly privately preparing for a "no deal" scenario.

But she will tell European leaders: "Achieving that partnership will require leadership and flexibility, not just from us but from our friends, the 27 nations of the EU".

In the meantime, Prime Minister May is under pressure to disclose secret legal advice she received that would allow government to halt Brexit before the March 2019 deadline.

The poll, carried out the weekend following May's speech to the Conservative Party's annual conference, found that 57 percent of voters agreed that the prime minister should stay on at least until Brexit negotiations are completed in March 2019.

She added that new policy papers being published by the Government will pave the way for the United Kingdom to operate as an "independent trading nation" after Brexit, even if no trade deal is reached with Brussels.

Even before this latest intervention, the prognosis for the talks was grim, with commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker having warned that "miracles" would be needed this week to make enough progress to get a positive decision at the summit.

On Monday May is due to update British lawmakers on developments since her major speech in Florence, Italy, last month.

Prime Minister Theresa May made clear in a speech she delivered to parliament that she hoped her European Union partners would make proposals at a new round of talks opening the way to the next stage of negotiations, saying "the ball is in their court".

The Department for Exiting the European Union told the paper: "We made our position clear in the supreme court".

May's grip on the party's loyalty has been weakened by its poor performance in the snap election she called for June, which cost the Conservative Party its majority status and strengthened the hand of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

May's official spokesman said: "The prime minister has said that we want to see momentum, and that the response so far has been constructive".

The fifth round of Brexit negotiations will conclude Thursday after dealing with key issues such as citizens' rights, financial commitments, and other separation issues such as the future border arrangements between the Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Unless the British government can find a way to stabilize her leadership and signal to Brussels that back in London the adults are running the show, then, I'm afraid, Britain's instability will continue for months to come.

Of course, a lot can change in two years' time.

The BDI said last week divisions at the party conference raised the spectre of an unregulated exit from the EU's single market and customs union.

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