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May presses EU for a 'bespoke' Brexit deal

Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker Credit: PA

Theresa May has pressed the EU for a "bespoke" Brexit deal that would allow the UK to control migration while still keeping strong trade links, a spokeman has said.

The prime minister vowed to carry out talks in a "positive and constructive spirit" in a one-on-one meeting with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels.

It came after she was sidelined at a summit which saw her only allowed to address fellow leaders briefly on the UK's plans for Brexit.

A No 10 spokesman said Mrs May had stressed that Britain would remain a strong partner to Europe even after leaving the bloc, as she tries to set a positive tone on the difficult talks.

The Prime Minister set out that the UK would be looking for a bespoke model rather than an 'off the shelf' solution.

She explained that we would needto see controls on the numbers of people who come to Britain from Europeas well as a positive outcome for those who wish to trade in goodsand services.

They agreed we should approach the Brexit negotiations in a positive and constructive spirit to ensure the process is as smooth and orderly as possible.

– Downing Street spokesman


Canada-EU free trade deal talks 'have failed'

Canada's trade minister Chrystia Freeland said the talks had broken down Credit: Reuters

Talks aimed at establishing a free trade deal between Canada and the EU are reported to have failed.

Canada's trade minister Chrystia Freeland announced the intense talks had broken down as she walked out of meetings with EU leaders in Belgium.

A spokesman for the European Commission said that the talks had currently halted, but they were still continuing to work on a deal.

All 28 EU governments support the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

But the bloc cannot approve the deal without support from five sub-federal administrations, and French-speaking Wallonia has steadfastly opposed it.

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