MOSCOW (Sputnik) – UK Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed Monday the start of internal discussion among the EU member states of the future relationship between Brussels and London and the implementation period.
"Our EU negotiating team is now preparing for the next phase, and I particularly welcome the beginning of internal discussions among the EU 27 about their position on our future relationship and the implementation period. When sufficient progress is agreed we want to move as quickly as possible on both of these issues," May said at the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry.
The previous five rounds of Brexit talks have been devoted to three major topics: the cost of Brexit, rights of the EU citizens residing in the United Kingdom, and issues concerning Northern Ireland and Ireland. The two parties will manage to proceed with the second stage of negotiations, devoted to the future relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom, only when a consensus is reached on these three issues.
The talks started after in late March UK Prime Minister Theresa May officially invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, launching the country's EU withdrawal process. The Brexit negotiations between London and Brussels, which started on June 19, are expected to conclude by the end of March 2019, after which the two sides will likely adjust to new regulations during a two-year transition period.