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‘Don’t you DARE!’ EU warns Britain there can be NO trade talks with US until after Brexit

A TOP eurocrat today grilled Boris Johnson over a possible trade deal between Britain and the United States and told him there can be NO talks on an agreement until Brexit has been fully completed.

In a series of blunt remarks, Brussels’ foreign minister Federica Mogherini said it was “absolutely clear” that the UK cannot negotiate with Donald Trump’s administration on even an informal basis until it has fully left the bloc.And she got in a sly dig at Theresa May over how long it has taken the Government to trigger Article 50, questioning why Britain was “still here” seven months after voters chose to quit the troubled bloc.

The Italian eurocrat made the remarks as she gave a press conference on the outcomes of today’s meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels, where discussions were dominated by the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Gaza.

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Federica Mogherini has warned Boris Johnson over a possible UK-US trade deal


Ms Mogherini said she was sure that the European Union will “stick together” even with a eurosceptic president in the White House, adding that while she “respects the opinions of the future president” the Brussels bloc will “be OK in the future”.Unprompted, she then responded to Mr Tump’s promise to strike a trade deal with a newly independent Britain as soon as possible, insisting that Brussels would block any talks on an agreement for as long as the UK continues to be an EU member.

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The EU foreign minister said Britain cannot strike any agreements whilst a member of the EU


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Donald Trump has promised to conclude a trade deal with Britain as soon as possible


She said: “Let me specify one thing, because I’ve seen some interviews coming out in these hours, that we discussed also with Boris Johnson and he was agreeing with me.“It is absolutely clear on the EU side that as long as a country is a member state of the EU, which is something that the UK is at the moment seven months after the referendum still – so maybe this has also to be taken into consideration, seven months after the result of the referendum they’re still here it’s still 28 – as long as a member state is a member state there are no negotiations bilaterally on any trade agreement with third parties.

“This is in the treaties and this is valid for all member states as long as they remain member states until the very last day. I think this is fair for me to specify because this is a framework that we all share including the United Kingdom.”

As long as a member state is a member state there are no negotiations bilaterally on any trade agreement with third parties

EU foreign minister Federica Mogherini

Her remarks, and the fact that she brought them up personally with the foreign secretary, will be interpreted by some as an attempt to dampen enthusiasm about Britain’s future outside the bloc following Mr Trump’s groundbreaking pledge.Eurocrats are known to be worried that the UK could succeed and thrive outside the bloc by striking a number of high profile trade deals, which would only contribute to further erode support for the EU within other member states.

And asked about the future of EU-US relations Ms Mogherini was notably lukewarm, suggesting that Brussels has come to terms with the fact that it is going to enjoy a much less fruitful transatlantic partnership as that it has enjoyed under Mr Obama.

Quizzed on how she will deal with the new president, she said: “So many things are not yet clear. What we’re looking for is a partnership based on common interests with the US.”

But tellingly she added: “The EU has its own solid, autonomous, strong polices which are not determined elsewhere than in the places where the EU member states and institutions meet.

“We always like to be in good company but we determine our policies by ourselves. The more common ground we find the better because this would bring better results to our common cultures, but there might be issues where we disagree. It’s happened in the past, it will happen in the future.”Her remarks came after the Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto admitted the EU is in a “very, very unfavourable position” over Brexit because of the election of Mr Trump, and will likely end up being forced to come to a compromise on a free trade deal.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/754906/Brexit-news-EU-Federica-Mogherini-UK-Britain-Boris-Johnson-Donald-Trump-trade-deal-US

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They are running scared. Reckon we will have to walk away and negotiate with the EU as an independent Sovereign nation and not a member state. The more they act like the idiots they are showing themselves to be to the whole world the more likely it becomes.

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