Business chiefs to May: Speed up Brexit talks
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.