EU and Britain HAVE NOT scheduled Brexit talks despite Article 50 activation NEXT WEEK

BREXIT talks between Britain and European Union (EU) have yet to be organised despite Theresa May declaring she will trigger Article 50 on March 29.

The UK’s intentions to quit the bloc have been made clear but the practicalities of the hard bargaining around a table have yet to be decided.So far, neither a date or a location have been organised, according to a spokeswoman for the Department for Exiting the European Union.

The news comes amid growing opinion amongst Brexit supporters that Britain would be better off walking away from talks, should officials fail reach agreement, rather than hold on to a bad deal that would not be in the UK’s interests.

Brexit talks artworkGetty      No date or timetable has been set for Brexit talks to begin

The Prime Minister said in January: “No deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain.”Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson recently said that the UK would be “perfectly OK” if no deal was achieved.

This sentiment was echoed by Brexit Secretary David Davis who maintained that a “no deal” situation was “not as frightening as some people think.”

Prime Minister Theresa MayPA     Prime Minster Theresa May outside Downing Street

However Mr Davis recently told the House of Commons Brexit Select Committee that the Government had yet to carry out a fresh economic assessment of that scenario.He said: “When we have finished the lego bricks we will build the house.

“At this stage, until we’ve worked out all the mitigation procedures, we could not quantify the outcome.”

The prospect of both sides being unable to reach an agreement is a likely scenario, after the EU warned Britain it must pay to leave the bloc.

The likely sum the EU is expected to ask for is in the region of £50 billion.When asked about this figure, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker replied: “It’s around that.”

Juncker and Tusk around a tablePA          Would a bad deal with the EU be better than no deal for the UK?

But Trade Secretary Liam Fox has described such a bill as “absurd” with some areas of government questioning the legality of such a demand.EU officials have stated that talks over any such trade deal cannot start until the question of the money has been settled.

However some analysts have now indicated that a no deal outcome from the talks would damage Britain far more.

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