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EU offers 'unprecedented' partnership with Britain

AFP  |  Brussels 

If Britain sticks to the deal it negotiated, the is ready to offer it an "unprecedented partnership", the bloc's said Thursday.

met EU leaders in on Sunday to agree terms on Britain's March 29 departure from the Union, but is now struggling to sell it to her own parliament.

Some in still hope to negotiate better trading arrangements, similar to or improvements on the accords between and Canada, or

But Barnier, echoing language already deployed by and May herself at Sunday's summit, said: "The deal on the table is the only one, the best possible."

Instead of renegotiating the exit agreement, he said, Britain and the Union should now focus on building an ambitious future relationship which would be closer and better than a mere free trade pact.

Addressing to the European Parliament, said the future relationship would encompass "goods, services, the digital economy, movement of citizens, transport, public contracts, energy, security and, obviously, for the stability of our continent, foreign policy."


"The partnership with the will be without precedent in terms of the breadth and number of subjects for cooperation," he said, for as long as the agreed political declaration on future ties is respected.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 16:50 IST
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