Italian PM Matteo Renzi warns UK over EU rights….reports Asian Lite News
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday said it would be “impossible” for Brexit talks to result in a deal that gave Britons more rights than others outside the European Union (EU).
Renzi told the BBC that he had been shocked and saddened by the referendum result, but repeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s vow that “Brexit is Brexit” saying democracy had to be respected.
But he said that a debate could only begin once the UK had triggered article 50 — the official procedure for it to start leaving the EU — and he warned: “It will be impossible to give to British people more rights than other people outside the EU.”
“The people of the UK decided the way for the future,” Renzi said.
“Now the situation is that we can — and we have to — build the best alliance between the UK and the EU for the future because we will be the best friends for the next years.”
“And at the same time I think this decision could push European leaders to invest in a new way for Europe,” the Italian Premier added.
Renzi also blamed the exit on David Cameron, saying the former Prime Minister had tried to solve internal problems within the Conservatives by calling the EU referendum.
May mum on Brexit
The British Prime Minister’s silence on her Brexit plans was causing problems and costing the country money, said a report.
The report by the Institute for Government think-tank criticised Theresa May for her silence on the position she intends to adopt in negotiations with the European Union (EU), which companies and other countries find worrying, EFE news reported.
Planning the UK’s departure from the EU could cost the British government an annual 65 million pounds ($84.5 million) and would require 500 new people to be hired, said the report.
“In the short term, May needs, at the very least, to clarify the process and timescales through which she intends her government to agree to the UK’s initial negotiating position,” the report said.
The report said there were fears that May’s decision to give three government departments (Foreign Affairs, International Commerce and Brexit) the responsibility to negotiate the exit would create a feeling of incoherence in the British government.
“This triple departmental structure risks creating fragmentation and incoherence, and a lack of clarity about the roles and responsibilities of the new departments has caused distractions and delayed work on Brexit,” it said.
The UK voted to exit the EU in a referendum on June 23.