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The UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May needs a shift on red lines drawn to obtain a favorable Brexit deal, EU diplomats and analysts are beginning to read.
An EU diplomat said: “A lot of movement is needed by the UK side before we can actually reach an agreement.
A second EU diplomat supported this viewpoint adding, “They (the UK) will have to shift their position.”
Much hinges on the UK signing a Northern Ireland solution, with Irish cabinet said to be examining tighter border in the event of a Brexit deal failing.
Meanwhile the EU bloc has ruled that the Chequers proposal on the customs deal did not respect the EU.
An EU diplomat commented, “If you look at the Chequers proposals (there are) some elements…that we support …but …the technical customs arrangement they proposed …too difficult to put into practice”.
A published report from the UK concedes it may not be possible to achieve a balance because the country may not have a free hand in determining migration policy after it leaves the EU
EU citizens have, until now, been able to enter the UK freely to seek work on arrival, and this was considered as one of the main reasons for the UK voting for Brexit.
But a British think-tank recently that after Brexit, “immigration will be needed for growth, productivity”
The British Prime Minister has since held trade talks with US President Donald Trump after some America’s biggest business leaders applauded her plans for a “Britain free of the EU’s shackles”.
Britain is giving a good deal to the US with its support to NATO against Russia, she pointed out.
Ms May said she held a “bold and optimistic” view of Britain’s place in the world whatever happens with the EU negotiations, “even if there is no deal”.
Central to this message is that the UK would do better toeing the US line, not the EU’s, which reality the EU leaders are apprehensive of.
One of the three hurdles Ms May faces is Trump’s skepticism for the World Trade Organization (WTO) “whose rules underpin global free trade”.
Another is Boris Johnson, who has positioned himself to challenge for the Conservative Party leadership should Ms May be seen to falter.
But what appears to concern American business most is a change in government, which might see Jeremy Corbyn’s pro-EU Labor Party at the helm of affairs.
In the meantime, Britain targets Brexit as “a wonderful opportunity to strike a big and ambitious UK-US Free Trade Agreement”, says a UK official.