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U.K. Brexit Red-Line Plans Seen Incompatible With EU Market

  • Free movement stance not ‘negotiating tactic’: Slovene premier
  • Bloc may emerge as stronger, more cohesive once U.K. leaves
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The red lines Britain has signaled it will adopt in Brexit talks are “fully incompatible” with its aspiration to keep membership in the single market, and there won’t be any negotiations until the U.K. triggers the process, Slovenia’s prime minister said.

Miro Cerar, premier of the former Yugoslav Republic of 2.1 million people, echoed other EU leaders, saying the four freedoms of the common trading zone -- the movement of goods, services, capital and people -- were “indivisible.” The bloc’s 27 remaining members can’t allow the U.K. to “cherry-pick” terms in Brexit talks because it could lead to others to seek opt-outs, he said in an interview on Tuesday.