UK urges EU to focus on post-Brexit trade deal

Britain’s Brexit Minister David Davis has urged the European Union to shift the focus of Brexit negotiations away from the terms of divorce and onto their future trade relationship.

Writing in the Sunday Times newspaper, Davis urged Brussels to revisit London’s proposal to launch discussions on the UK’s future relationship with the EU alongside withdrawal talks.

Davis warned that “the clock is ticking” toward the March 2019 Brexit date and there is no point in negotiating aspects of the withdrawal deal twice.

“I firmly believe the early rounds of the negotiations have already demonstrated that many questions around our withdrawal are inextricably linked to our future relationship,” he wrote.

“Nowhere is that point truer than on the question of Northern Ireland. It is simply not possible to reach a near-final agreement on the border issue until we’ve begun to talk about how our broader future customs arrangement will…

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