Britain, EU should aim for customs union: Germany's BDI industry lobby

It's up to London to solve Ireland Brexit conundrum, Juncker says

It's up to London to solve Ireland Brexit conundrum, Juncker says

Mr Barnier added that it was a "rather surprising idea" to think the European Union could accept convergence in some areas "and at the same time open up the possibility for divergence when there is a comparative advantage to be had" for the UK.

Flanked by European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier, Mr Juncker told the session in Strasbourg there was "increasing urgency" to negotiate the UK's orderly withdrawal from the EU.

The EU and Britain are hoping to seal a deal this month on a transition period after Brexit, and start talks on their future relationship this spring. "We have to guarantee the integrity of the single market because citizens and companies have to be able to count on the same kind of rules for citizens and companies and cherry picking is not going to be possible".

Barnier also urged British Prime Minister Theresa May to speed up the Brexit negotiations and define her vision for the future relationship between the country and the 27 remaining member states.

The parliament's Brexit resolution also welcomes the publication of the EU's protocol on Ireland which sets out the controversial "backstop" option for avoiding a hard border.

Delivering a damning verdict on May's speech, the Parliament's Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt said, "It is mainly repeating the red lines that we know already two years".

Richard Sherman to meet with other teams after talking with 49ers
Sherman was due $13 million for the 2018 season and his release gives Seattle a salary cap savings of about $11 million. If the 49ers sign Sherman, it's the strongest sign yet that the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry is back in a big way.

Jean-Claude Juncker was speaking during a debate on Brexit in the European Parliament this morning ahead of a vote on future UK EU relations tomorrow.

An association agreement would give "a vision, an architecture" to post-Brexit relations and avoid a repetition of the complex web of individual agreements the European Union has with Switzerland.

The EU is seeking to be exempted from planned US import duties of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, but says Washington has not made clear how the exemption process works.

Referring to the dispute with the U.S. over steel and aluminium tariffs, he said the United Kingdom could sign its own trade deal with the USA "in 48 hours" if it was not a member of the EU.

But the draft European Union guidelines, which will be worked on by European Union diplomats to be approved by the bloc's 27 national leaders in late March, spell out clear limits to this approach. The UK will look to match European Union regulatory standards (and possibly adopt identical rules) to ensure that trade in most goods remains as free as possible. "It's also why FTAs don't have detailed rules for financial services".

"I fully respect the Chancellor's competence in defining what is in the UK's interest but he must allow us to define what is in the EU's interest", he said.

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