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May Holds Out Prospect of Brexit Agreement by September 2018

  • Holds out prospect of signing full Brexit deal in 18 months
  • Premier declines to promise lawmakers a vote on final accord
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U.K.'s May Optimistic of 18-Month Brexit Talks Deal

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The U.K. will discuss adopting a transition phase to ease its departure from the European Union in Brexit talks with the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May said, as she promised to give more details of her thinking early next year.

Businesses and the U.K. government might need time to adjust to leaving the EU and a temporary arrangement to smooth the way could be the solution, May told lawmakers in London on Tuesday, in her clearest sign so far that she supports calls for a transition plan.