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David Davis, Brexit minister, said his country was not seeking to harmonize its laws with the European Union after leaving,
David Davis, the Brexit minister claims that a new free trade deal between UK and the EU could be agreed in the remaining 12 months of Brexit talks.
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, sent a positive message at the EU summit to an appeal by British Prime Minister Theresa May to help with the negotiating process, saying that talks on Brexit are moving forward and unlikely to break down.
Carlos Puigdemont addressed the Spanish government and said he was willing to talk about secession from Spain in the next two months but was ready to meet with Mariano Rajoy for the time being, asking him to drop the court proceedings against the Catalan police chief.
Jean Claude Junker, President of the European Commission, made the following statement:
Michel Barnier, head of the European Commission, made the following statement:
British Prime Minister Theresa May declined to comment on whether she would vote in favor of Brexit in other referendum, and avoided more than once answering an issue that determines the fate of future generations in Britain. Although she spoke of a promising Brexit since she took power last year, she quietly supported staying in the EU in the run-up to the June 2016 referendum.
Philip Hammond, the British finance minister, said:
The beginning of the first week of the last quarter of 2017 was very inflammatory. Catalonia held a referendum on secession from Spain and the approval rate reached 90%, but the Spanish government rejected that referendum and considered it illegal. The European Commission supported that view, calling on all parties to sit at the dialogue table.
The Financial Times presented a sneak preview of Teresa May's speech to be delivered in Florence on Friday, citing officials briefed on the discussions. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor through the British government, was told to expect British Prime Minister Teresa May to pay at least 20 billion Euros to fill the EU budget hole after the departure of Britain.
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