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May urges 'new dynamic' in Brexit talks

From BBC - March 22, 2018

Theresa May has urged EU leaders to "create a new dynamic" in Brexit talks as negotiations move to the next phase.

The UK prime minister addressed fellow EU leaders at a Brussels dinner, the day before they are expected to rubber stamp the Brexit "transition" deal.

She said the UK and EU should work on issues like Northern Ireland, trade and security with "energy and ambition".

The European Council also agreed with the UK that it was "highly likely" Russia was behind the Salisbury attack.

Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: "There is no other plausible explanation."

The prime minister addressed EU leaders ahead of the second day of the European Council summit, where they are expected to give their approval to the terms of a 21-month transition period after Brexit in March 2019.

Mrs May will not be present as the other leaders meet on Friday to discuss the transition period and consider approving guidelines for the second phase of negotiations.

She told them on Thursday: "We have the chance now to create a new dynamic in the talks, to work together to explore workable solutions - in Northern Ireland, in our future security co-operation and in order to ensure the future prosperity of all our people."

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