The European Union has warned Britain that it cannot expect to have a say in EU decision-making once it departs from the bloc, including during a two-year transition period starting from 2019 meant to help smooth the exit.
The warning came on Monday as European affairs ministers from the member states adopted new orders for the bloc’s Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, laying out the terms of the transition, which would run from the end of March 2019 until December 2020, when the bloc’s current long-term budget ends.
Barnier’s deputy tweeted that the negotiating guidelines were endorsed in Brussels in two minutes, although EU ambassadors had spent weeks drafting them.
Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, whose country currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, said the ministers gave “a clear mandate” to the UK on their requirements for the Brexit transition period.
She said EU law would apply in Britain during that time…