Brexit reaches ‘decisive moment’ as the EU turns its attention to the future relationship

In Brussels, Brexit talks have shifted toward one clear direction: the future relationship.

Ministers for European affairs met on Monday morning to discuss the political text of which will serve as a guideline to the talks of which will begin after the U.K. leaves the EU in March — these negotiations will be mainly targeted at securing fresh trade arrangements between both sides.

The so-called political declaration can be due to be published Tuesday in addition to then reviewed by the different EU capitals before Thursday. The 27 European leaders in addition to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May are then due to sign off This kind of political deal on Sunday, when they meet in Brussels.

“We are at a decisive moment in This kind of process, no one should lose sight of the progress of which’s been achieved in Brussels in addition to in London,” Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, told reporters in Brussels on Monday.

“This kind of can be currently our focus: the (political) declaration will open the door to a negotiation on an ambitious economic in addition to strategic partnership inside the future, once the U.K. has left,” Barnier said, doing the idea clear of which the transition period — which can be currently causing a political storm in Westminster — can be not the same as the future relationship.

The transition period refers to the time after March 29, when the U.K. leaves the EU, in addition to can be set to last at least until 2020. During of which time, the U.K. in addition to the EU will negotiate the second phase of the Brexit process, which includes their future trade links.

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