GERMAN CHANCELLOR Angela Merkel has rejected the Theresa May’s plan for trade talks to take place at the same time as Article 50 secession negotiations.
Ms May had called for talks on a future comprehensive trade deal between the EU and UK to take place at the same time as the so-called ‘Article 50’ talks on how Britain will exit the bloc.
However, the German Chancellor intervened just hours after the UK invoked Article 50 on Wednesday, confirming that talks on Britain’s exit would take place first, after which talks on a future relationship would ‘hopefully soon’ take place.
Merkel’s intervention could potentially make the Brexit process significantly more burdensome for the UK.
‘The negotiations must first clarify how we will disentangle our interlinked relationship… and only when this question is dealt with, can we, hopefully soon after, begin talking about our future relationship,’ Merkel said in Berlin.
In her letter triggering Article 50 Theresa May said she believed it ‘is necessary to agree the terms of our future partnership alongside those of our withdrawal from the European Union.’