May: UK will not do Brexit deal at any cost

The Phnom Penh Post - - WORLD -

PRIME Min­is­ter Theresa May promised her frac­tious party on Tues­day she would not strike a deal with the EU “at any cost”. Ne­go­ti­a­tions have stepped up with Brus­sels as Lon­don seeks a di­vorce agree­ment within weeks, to al­low time for it to be passed by par­lia­ment be­fore Brexit day on March 29 next year. At a weekly cab­i­net meet­ing, May told min­is­ters she ex­pected an agree­ment and wanted it as soon as pos­si­ble – but it would “not be done at any cost”, ac­cord­ing to her spokesman. “We will need to be sat­is­fied in the ne­go­ti­a­tions that we have achieved the best deal that we pos­si­bly can for the UK,” he said. Mean­while the EU’s chief ne­go­tia­tor, Michel Barnier, told re­porters in Slo­vakia that “we are not there yet”.

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