Bilateral Brexit Talks With U.K. Are Off the Table, Romania Says

  • Minister says Romania will only negotiate together with EU
  • Romania has one of Britain’s biggest foreign communities

Romania firmly excludes any bilateral talks with the U.K. before Prime Minister Theresa May’s government triggers the official exit procedure from the European Union.

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Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu rejected calls by May to start discussing Britain’s departure from the bloc. He called Brexit an opportunity to “relaunch” and “upgrade” the EU, making it more flexible and boosting solidarity.

“Under no circumstances will we engage in any kind of talks with the U.K. that aren’t in the 27-to-1 format,” Comanescu said Friday in an interview in Bucharest.

May said this month that she’ll begin the formal Brexit process by the end of March following this summer’s referendum, sending the pound plummeting. Eastern European citizens have flocked to the U.K. since joining the EU, with Poland and Romania having the largest communities working there. Romania plans to have a “very active role” in negotiating the Brexit terms, President Klaus Iohannis said.

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