British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker held a series of talks and meetings in the Belgian capital, Brussels, on Wednesday. The aim of these talks was to set the main points of the British exit from the EU, and although the results of these meetings were positive, according to an EU official, the final deal has not yet been reached.
The talks with the European Commission President lasted for a few hours. Theresa May tried to gain new commitments which would help Britain’s relationship with EU countries after the Brexit. Those commitments would also help her silence the voices of those who opposed to the draft Brexit treaty. According to international reports, the British Prime Minister’s meetings with EU officials are helping make a lot progress, but much more work is required in order to achieve a good outcome.
European Union leaders will meet in Brussels next Sunday to further discuss Britain’s exit from the European Union. Theresa May is making efforts to finalize an outline of Britain’s future relations with the EU, just months ahead of the final exit of Britain from the European Union. EU diplomats say the text of the European support decision for Brexit may be ready soon, especially considering that German Chancellor Angela Merkel may not attend any further talks on Sunday.
One of the outstanding Brexit issues is the dispute with Spain over Gibraltar. EU diplomats said that the concerns of some member states about fishing rights and future trade ties were largely addressed in the political declaration on future EU-UK relations, which will be an important element of the expected Brexit deal.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has called for assurances that the future of disputed British territory in Gibraltar will be settled through direct talks with Madrid.
Many in Brussels believe Sanchez was trying to score points with voters at home ahead of local elections on December 2 in the southern Andalusia region. They said the issue could be resolved by leaders and warned Madrid against jeopardizing the Brexit agreement.