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Belgium: UK will have 'less than 18 months to negotiate' - EU's Brexit negotiator02:14

Belgium: UK will have 'less than 18 months to negotiate' - EU's Brexit negotiator

Belgium, Brussels
December 6, 2016 at 12:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

European Union's chief negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier stated that the United Kingdom (UK) will have "less than 18 months to negotiate" Brexit after invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, during a press briefing in Brussels, Tuesday.

At the press briefing, Barnier announced that the UK will be able to reach a Brexit deal with the EU by October 2018, assuming Article 50 is invoked "by the end of March 2017." He reiterated the EU's hardline stance on the issue, noting that Brexit negotiations will not start before UK Prime Minister Theresa May formally declares Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on the European Union.

Barnier continued, "Unity is the strength of the European Union and the President Juncker and I are determined to preserve the unity and interest of the EU 27 in the Brexit negotiations."

The EU's chief negotiator for Brexit also stressed that "the single market and its four freedoms are indivisible" and that "third countries can never have the same rights and benefits since they are not subject to the same obligations," adding that "cherry picking is not an option."

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European Union's chief negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier stated that the United Kingdom (UK) will have "less than 18 months to negotiate" Brexit after invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, during a press briefing in Brussels, Tuesday.

At the press briefing, Barnier announced that the UK will be able to reach a Brexit deal with the EU by October 2018, assuming Article 50 is invoked "by the end of March 2017." He reiterated the EU's hardline stance on the issue, noting that Brexit negotiations will not start before UK Prime Minister Theresa May formally declares Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on the European Union.

Barnier continued, "Unity is the strength of the European Union and the President Juncker and I are determined to preserve the unity and interest of the EU 27 in the Brexit negotiations."

The EU's chief negotiator for Brexit also stressed that "the single market and its four freedoms are indivisible" and that "third countries can never have the same rights and benefits since they are not subject to the same obligations," adding that "cherry picking is not an option."

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