Theresa May in Brussels for Brexit talks Wednesday
Theresa May will come to Brussels Wednesday to discuss the draft Brexit deal with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, according to Spain’s foreign minister.
The prime minister’s visit — during which she will also meet EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, according to a Commission official — will focus on the text of the political declaration on the U.K.’s future relationship with the bloc. London and Brussels last week published a 585-page draft of the Withdrawal Agreement along with a much vaguer seven-page summary of the political declaration. Negotiations have continued this week on expanding and clarifying that text.
“Maybe tomorrow this text will be available because tomorrow Mrs. May will be coming here,” said Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell in an interview with POLITICO.
Theresa May emphasized the importance of the political declaration in an interview Sunday. “Getting that future relationship right is necessary. Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,” she said.
“The thing that’s going to make a difference to people’s lives is the future relationship,” she said, adding: “It’s in the national interest to get that deal right.”
May’s visit to Brussels takes place at a crucial time for the Brexit negotiations as EU leaders prepare to meet for a special summit in Brussels on Sunday.
May’s visit is “on the agenda,” the Commission official said, adding that she would meet both Juncker and Barnier. He said he doesn’t know whether May would meet European Council President Donald Tusk.