Brexit is back in the news. Theresa May won a minor relief in the stalled talks at the EU Summit in Brussels recently. A vote of confidence from her European counterparts who showed willingness to proceed with negotiations in the near future.
But this is far from vindication, as a weakened May now has to handle the already delicate situation very carefully. On one hand, she tries to negotiate on the EU demands for more concrete steps on Brexit. While on the other hand, she has to ensure that she still has the support of the ‘Yay’ campaigners who are against the talks in the first place.
EU leaders at the summit confirmed that preparations for the next phase of Brexit negotiations would begin in December. A positive step for Britain. It would now allow London to discuss the future of its trade relations with the rest of Europe.
However, this commitment veiled the pressure put on May to act on settling the estimated 60 billion Euro financial bill.
THE POLITICAL BALANCE OF BREXIT
The British Prime Minister Incumbent, Theresa May was still cautious in her responses regarding the financial pledge. Her stance revolving around the commitment from European leaders for a more concrete road map for Brexit. May did reiterate on sticking to her assurance in previous summits on a favorable financial settlement for the bloc.
The EU continue to insist for an agreement on an exit bill, the rights of EU citizens post-Brexit and Irish border issues before moving forward on future ties.
“What I made clear to my EU counterparts in relation to financial contributions… is that nobody need be concerned for the current budget plans … and that we will honor the commitments that we have made during our membership,” she told a news conference after the summit.
However, in this political see-saw, the existence of technical issues cannot be ignored. The onus of which lies with Britain, while time is running out for the British premier.
The summit ended on a positive note. Futhermore, both sides committed to the need to move forward for a a win-win situation. Come December, it remains to be seen how things shape up and how merry the mood for Holidays is going to be.