As Brexit talks progress, UK PM May struggles to find support at home
LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May was struggling on Friday to find consensus on Brexit proposals that would be acceptable to her ministers, her Conservative Party and the Northern Irish lawmakers who prop up her minority government.
Brexit negotiations with the European Union have accelerated and become more positive over the past week, though significant hurdles remain, finance minister Philip Hammond said.
“What has happened over the last week, 10 days, is that there has been a measurable change in pace,” he told the BBC.
“But that shouldn’t conceal the fact that we still have some big differences left to resolve,” Hammond said. “So process is a lot more positive this week - substance still very challenging.”
With less than six months to go until the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU, May is seeking to rally support at home on the details of a divorce deal though it is unclear if she can win parliament’s approval for any agreement.
Britain warned on Friday that leaving the EU without a divorce deal would mean drugmakers needing to stockpile experimental treatments from remaining member states in case of border delays.