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Britain says no EU exit deal unless future relationship taken into account

Unless the future relationship with the bloc was taken into account

Reuters  |  London 

Britain says no EU exit deal unless future relationship taken into account

said on Friday that no deal could be struck on exiting the European Union (EU) unless the future relationship with the bloc was taken into account.

Prime Minister wants to negotiate the divorce and the future trading relationship with the before leaves in March 2019, followed by what she calls a phased implementation process to give business time to prepare for the impact of

"As we set out in the Article 50 letter, our view is that withdrawal agreement and terms of the future relationship must be agreed alongside each other," a spokesperson for Britain's ministry said.

"We believe that the withdrawal process cannot be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account," the spokesperson said. "The withdrawal and future are intimately linked."

While May has repeatedly said she wants a special and deep partnership with the club joined in 1973, she has also placed her assurances with threats that a breakdown of talks could harm security cooperation.

Since her gamble on a snap election failed a week ago, May has come under pressure from some in her own party to change her approach to talks.

Her spokesman said would not change its stance on Brexit, though May told her lawmakers she would seek a broader consensus in the party on her approach.

The ministry said it wanted to move ahead on securing the rights of citizens in the United Kingdom and UK citizens in the European Union.

"That has always been our first aim and that is what we will do," the spokesman said. "We want to end the anxiety facing 4 million citizens."

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