Busi­ness chiefs to May: Speed up Brexit talks

The Palm Beach Post - - BUSINESS -

LON­DON — Busi­ness lead­ers from both sides of the English Chan­nel urged Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May on Mon­day to ac­cel­er­ate talks on Bri­tain’s exit from the Euro­pean Union as un­cer­tainty about fu­ture trade re­la­tions threat­ens jobs and in­vest­ment.

Euro­pean busi­ness lead­ers are urg­ing Bri­tain to make con­crete pro­pos­als on the so-called di­vorce is­sues so the ne­go­ti­a­tions can move for­ward. The EU has re­fused to dis­cuss trade un­til there is agree­ment on Bri­tain’s fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions, cit­i­zens’ rights and the Ir­ish border. In­dus­try groups from Ger­many, France, Bri­tain and other EU coun­tries de­ployed rep­re­sen­ta­tives to Lon­don amid con­cern that time is run­ning out to en­sure more than $719 bil­lion of trade keeps flow­ing smoothly af­ter the U.K. leaves the bloc in March 2019.

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