UK PM Theresa May Says Brexit Talks Reaching Their Endgame
British Prime Minister Theresa May said last fortnight that there were still considerable unresolved issues with the European Union over Brexit as the two sides approached the “endgame” in negotiations for departure from the bloc. May’s compromise plan, which seeks to maintain close trade ties with the EU in the future, is facing opposition from Brexiteers, pro-Europeans, the Northern Irish party that props up her government, and even some of her own ministers.
“The negotiations for our departure are now in the endgame,” May said in a speech at the Guildhall in London’s financial district. With less than five months until Britain leaves EU, talks have stalled over a disagreement on the so-called Northern Irish backstop. May’s attempt to unblock the talks by considering an extension to a status-quo transition period beyond the current proposed end date of December 2021 has both angered eurosceptics and EU supporters in her party.