May briefs Cabinet to reboot Brexit talks

May briefs Cabinet to reboot Brexit talks

May briefs Cabinet to reboot Brexit talks

His comments come as the Prime Minister prepares to make a major speech on Brexit in Florence which she will try to break the deadlock in negotiations between the United Kingdom and Brussels.

British Prime Minister Theresa May gathered her ministers Thursday on the eve of a major speech on Brexit, seeking to restore cabinet unity after a damaging intervention by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. She has chosen the historic heart of Europe as the location for an address that the government says will stress Britain's desire for a close and special relationship with the bloc.

"There will be a cabinet meeting on Thursday morning ahead of the speech on Friday", when May will provide an update on her Brexit plans in Florence, Italy, a Downing Street spokesman said.

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The so-called Brexit bill has emerged as a main stumbling block in divorce talks with Brussels, and Mrs May might look to break the deadlock with a financial offer. May's speech is meant to help break the logjam.

The Financial Times reported that she would offer to meet Britain's contributions to the European Union budget until the end of the current period in 2020 - after Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019.

"That's going to cost almost £10bn every year as a continued membership fee and if she thinks we're going to pay that £30bn and another £20bn on top and we're all going to be happy as Larry she might just have another thing coming".

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It comes amid reports of a split in the Cabinet over the Brexit strategy, after Boris Johnson wrote an explosive 4,000-word newspaper article setting out his own vision for the divorce.

Cable, who held one of the most senior roles in the 2010 to 2015 Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, has redoubled his party's criticism of the decision to leave the European Union since becoming party leader in July.

She affirmed that the October summit is not a deadline, saying "we all know that negotiations don't usually go according to our time plan, so we will take all the time needed".

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Barnier and his team meet with British negotiators next week for a new round of Brexit talks.

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