UK PM Theresa May Says Brexit Talks Reach­ing Their Endgame

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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.

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