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May seeks transition period after Brexit
September 23, 2017
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FLORENCE: British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a two-year transition after Brexit on Friday in which Britain would largely maintain its current ties with Brussels, in a charm offensive intended to unlock stalled negotiations with the European Union (EU).

In a major speech in Florence, May promised to meet Britain’s existing EU budget commitments until 2020 and outlined new legal guarantees for the rights of around three million EU nationals living in the UK.

She also committed to maintaining Europe’s security, saying in a direct pitch to EU leaders: “We want to be your strongest friend and partner as the EU and UK thrive side by side.”

“While the UK’s departure from the EU is inevitably a difficult process, it is in all of our interests for our negotiations to succeed,” she said.

Theresa May said she wanted a transition period after Brexit of “around two years” during which “access to one another’s markets should continue on current terms” for Britain and the European Union.

Agence France-Presse

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