Malta will not be lead­ing Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions – PM

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

Prime Min­is­ter Mus­cat has said that Malta will not be lead­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions re­lated to Brexit, even though the Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter has al­ready stated that she would dis­cuss the is­sue dur­ing the Mal­tese Pres­i­dency. He said that Malta’s role is still a very clear one and the po­si­tion re­mains un­changed.

Theresa May an­nounced on Sun­day that it would in­voke Ar­ti­cle 50, which will even­tu­ally lead to Brexit, dur­ing the Mal­tese Pres­i­dency. “Malta’s po­si­tion re­mains the same. We want a fair deal which is, how­ever, in­fe­rior to a full mem­ber­ship,” Dr Mus­cat in­sisted.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists fol­low­ing a visit to the Univer­sity of Malta, the Prime Min­is­ter said that the govern­ment’s po­si­tion is that the four free­doms of the EU must be pro­tected and can­not be de­cou­pled.

Bri­tain will trig­ger the for­mal process to leave the Euro­pean Union be­fore the end of March, Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May said on Sun­day, bring­ing to an end weeks of spec­u­la­tion on the tim­ing of the move.

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