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EU's Juncker: Second phase of Brexit talks will be harder than first

EU's Juncker: Second phase of Brexit talks will be harder than first

European leaders have given the go-ahead for Brexit talks to move on to their second phase, dealing with the transition to a new relationship after the UK's withdrawal.

He told cameras on the second day of the European Union summit in Brussels: "That depends on the British Parliament and the British people - it's not for us to decide what the British have to do".

The decision by the EU27 to progress to trade talks is expected to be little more than a formality.

The second phase Brexit negotiations will be significantly harder than an already difficult first phase of talks, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday.

But, with nine months having already passed since Mrs May declared the UK's intention to leave the European Union by invoking Article 50, there could be further frustration for the prime minister as the remaining leaders are set to approve guidelines which would set a slow timetable for talks on trade.

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Theresa May has insisted she is "on course to deliver Brexit" as she tried to shrug off a Commons defeat on key legislation. The document leaves no doubt that a formal free trade agreement can not be signed until after the United Kingdom has left.

He congratulated UK Prime Minister Theresa May on reaching what the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said was a major moment in the Brexit process. Britain is due to leave in March 2019.

Leo Varadkar has warned that a lot of thinking remains over the shape of a post-Brexit relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU.

A group of 11 Tory rebels forced an amendment to the flagship bill to demand a "meaningful vote" on any Brexit deal, despite Mrs May's warning it could put at risk an "orderly and smooth exit from the EU".


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