May Should Deliver ‘Concrete’ Brexit Message, Denmark Says

Prime Minister Theresa May should provide clarity on how the U.K. government intends to deal with it’s European Union divorce bill if it wants trade talks to start this year, Denmark’s foreign minister said.

"It would be very nice if we could get a clear message on where the British are" on its financial obligations with the EU, Anders Samuelsen said in an interview in Copenhagen. "The more concrete the message she gives, the better."

Anders Samuelsen

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May is due to deliver a speech in Florence next Friday in which she plans to provide an update on the negotiations and argue that the U.K. can still work closely with the EU after leaving the bloc.

"Talks on citizens’ rights is probably what’s progressing with the most ease, but we need a clearer sense of where the Brits are on the Brexit costs,” Samuelsen said.

Last week the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, expressed disappointment at the U.K.’s position, saying the British government “seems to be backtracking” on commitments to honor its international obligations.

Recent policy documents published by May’s cabinet have done little to clarify the U.K. position, and Denmark is still trying to decipher what progress has been made, if any, Samuelsen said.

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