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Tell us What You Want on Brexit, EU Urges Britain

Tell us What You Want on Brexit,  EU Urges Britain

BRUSSELS - Britain must tell the EU what kind of post-Brexit relations it wants with the bloc before negotiations can start, European Commission vice president FransTimmermans said Monday.
Dutchman Timmermans also rejected claims by British finance minister Philip Hammond that the EU was pushing a punitive deal for Britain because it was paranoid that other countries would leave.
“Tell us what you want. That would be useful,” Timmermans, the right-hand man to European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, told a small group of Brussels-based media including AFP.
“We are not leaving the UK, the UK is leaving the EU. So tell us what you want,” Timmermans added.
“We need to know precisely what the UK wants and then we will negotiate.” A year and a half after Britain’s shock referendum vote to leave the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May has still not set out what kind of relationship she wants with the bloc after Brexit.
Discussions on future relations -- including the all-important issue of a possible trade deal, and how closely Britain will stay allied to the EU’s single market and customs union -- are not due to start until April. (AFP)