European Union hopes vote gives strong mandate to negotiate Brexit


EU officials said European Council President Donald Tusk, who chairs summits of the 27 other EU leaders who will decide where to put the agencies, aimed to set out some procedures for making the choices by the time they meet next on April 29.

The EU is set to inflict a double humiliation by removing the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from the United Kingdom, the "Observer" newspaper reported on Sunday.

As of March 29, the United Kingdom government has approved the Brexit bill, and British Prime Minister Theresa May has initiated Article 50.

Two Ministers yesterday confirmed that the Republic of Ireland was competing to be the future home of the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority.

Davis is understood to want to include the future of the EMA and EBA as part of the wider negotiations on future trade relations between the United Kingdom and Europe. There are many interested member states.

The UK's chief Brexit negotiator, minister David Davis will fight to keep the European Medicines Agency in London, despite the country leaving the EU. "Britain used to be pragmatic".

Bishop Cottrell added: "I think one of the dangers is that we will cut ourselves off from those countries which are our nearest neighbours, which we depend on for trade, for labour, for all sorts of things".

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Starting parallel talks will not happen.

"Hopes for an exit from Brexit are completely unfounded", Norbert Roettgen, a leading parliamentary ally of center-right Chancellor Angela Merkel, told German media.

In her letter triggering Article 50 Ms May explicitly said she believed it "is necessary to agree the terms of our future partnership alongside those of our withdrawal from the European Union".

The Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer told the newspaper it was "deeply concerning" that Ms May is "now isolated from our European Union partners" as the Brexit negotiations get underway.

The EU said today it did not expect negotiating guidelines for Britain's exit from the bloc to be affected by the British government's call for an early general election.

"The Prime Minister should have spent the last nine months building alliances across Europe, not pandering to those in her Cabinet and her party who want to sever all links with the European Union and retreat from closest allies and most important trading partners".