May seeks trade deal alongside Brexit talks

Prime Minister Theresa May stuck to her guns in arguing that Britain should be allowed to line up a “comprehensive” free-trade deal with the European Union at the same time as it negotiates its departure from the bloc.

A day after EU leaders suggested after a summit in Brussels that May’s ambitions for the looming Brexit negotiations are unrealistic, the prime minister denied Sunday that she was in a “different galaxy” from them as she braced for what she predicted would be a “tough” two years of talks.

“The EU has also said that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,” May said on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. “I want to ensure that we agree on a trade deal and our withdrawal arrangements so that we know what both of those are when we leave the European Union.”


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