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Malta: EU's Timmermans wants 'best possible deal for the 27' from Brexit01:40

Malta: EU's Timmermans wants 'best possible deal for the 27' from Brexit

Malta, Valletta
January 24, 2017 at 17:23 GMT -00:00 · Published

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans commented on the start of the Brexit negotiations at a press conference at the Informal Meeting of Ministers and State Secretaries for European Affairs in Valletta on Tuesday.

Timmermans said "we can start negotiating once the United Kingdom has notified, as per Article 50 of the Treaty, that the UK wants to leave the European Union. That's the moment we will start negotiating. When they will notify, that's in their hands. That's not in our hands. Whether the [UK Supreme] court ruling has any impliction for that is purely for the Brits and the British government to clarify. It's not in the hands of the Commission."

Furthermore, Timmermans said that the EU negotiating team would be led by two principles, "to get the best possible deal for the 27 because we are negotiating on their behalf, and of course I would like to add that to do as less harm as possible to all parties."

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European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans commented on the start of the Brexit negotiations at a press conference at the Informal Meeting of Ministers and State Secretaries for European Affairs in Valletta on Tuesday.

Timmermans said "we can start negotiating once the United Kingdom has notified, as per Article 50 of the Treaty, that the UK wants to leave the European Union. That's the moment we will start negotiating. When they will notify, that's in their hands. That's not in our hands. Whether the [UK Supreme] court ruling has any impliction for that is purely for the Brits and the British government to clarify. It's not in the hands of the Commission."

Furthermore, Timmermans said that the EU negotiating team would be led by two principles, "to get the best possible deal for the 27 because we are negotiating on their behalf, and of course I would like to add that to do as less harm as possible to all parties."

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