EU leaders have agreed to start preparing for trade talks with the UK – as Theresa May admits there is “some way to go” in negotiations.
As expected, her 27 EU counterparts agreed at a Brussels summit that not enough progress had been made on other issues to begin formal trade talks now. But by starting internal talks, they are paving the way for them to begin, possibly in December. Mrs May said she was “ambitious and positive” about the negotiations. She has said the “final settlement” would come as part of a “final agreement” with the EU.