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Britain won't be ready for 2020 Brexit, will take longer: EU officials

EU diplomats said any extension would be agreed only after Britain formally leaves in March 2019

Reuters  |  Brussels 

Senior EU figures have told Reuters Britain will not be ready to make a full break from the European Union by the end of 2020 as Brexit transition plans foresee and the bloc is bracing for a much longer goodbye. The British government may be thinking on similar lines. Several diplomats and Brussels officials familiar with the discussions said a host of unresolved issues, including the Irish border, and British in-fighting over what kind of future trade relationship to ask for left many convinced the transition will end up being longer. Two senior EU officials said British ...

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First Published: Thu, February 08 2018. 22:33 IST
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