As officials go into the fifth round of Brexit negotiations, UK Prime Minister Theresa May in a scheduled address to members of parliament has said despite the humongous task of Brexit process, the UK can “prove the doomsayers wrong” adding that, she wants the best possible deal for both the UK and the EU, BBC reports.
• May’s projected plan
The Monday address to parliament, will be the first since her Brexit-outlined speech in Florence. The PM aims to highlight government’s ambition for a “new, deep and special partnership between a sovereign United Kingdom and a strong and successful European Union.”
Mrs May in preparation for the address said, “Achieving that partnership will require leadership and flexibility, not just from us but from our friends, the 27 nations of the EU. And as we look forward to the next stage, the ball is in their court. But I am optimistic we will receive a positive response.”
She would also lay premium on the essence of “spirit of friendship and co-operation” in the talks, saying, “I believe we can seize the opportunities of this defining moment in the history of our nation.”
• Back to the negotiations
The fifth round of talks which leaders on both sides of the table David Davis and Michel Barnier would not attend will be the last before the October EU summit and also a determining factor for EU leaders to decide if enough improvement has been made to justify a post-Brexit relations discussion.
But the UK would expect the talks to drive a shift into the status-quo as European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said it will take miracles for the necessary progress to have been met before the summit, with the EU parliament, though with a non-binding motion also insisting that more needs to be done.
Also, EU officials are slightly disappointed with the almost no change in British negotiating position despite May’s promising speech in Florence.
However, though optimism exists within the EU camp that compromise may be reached between the EU court and British Judges over the “Rights of Citizens”, progress on a possible estimation of UK’s financial obligations to the bloc, appears much unlikely.
• Further Brexit meetings
After her speech in the House of Commons, Mrs May alongside Chancellor Philip Hammond and Mr Davis, will meet with companies including Aston Martin, HSBC, Morgan Stanley and Vodafone in a Business Advisory Council meeting in Downing Street, to assure the business leaders of the Brexit process and douse tensions arising from RBS chairman Sir Howard Davies’ weekend assertion that the damage to business in the City of London because of Brexit will be “quite considerable over time”.