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British PM arrives for EU social summit

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 00:54

British PM Theresa May says the UK will honor its commitments to the European Union as she arrived at an EU summit on labor and social reform. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Britain will honor its commitments to the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said again on Friday (November 17), trying to reassure increasingly frustrated leaders who want London to spell out how much it will pay on Brexit. May will hold meetings with leaders on the sidelines of an EU summit on labor and social reform in Gothenburg, Sweden, to try to break a deadlock over the so-called divorce settlement that has all but frozen Britain's talks to leave the bloc. With 16 months before Brexit day, Britain needs to open the way to start discussions on the future trading relationship with the bloc to offer businesses, which are threatening to leave the country, some certainty in taking any investment decisions. Under pressure at home from lawmakers in her own party who are concerned she is preparing for Britain to walk away with no deal and from EU officials to increase her opening bid, May's main focus in Gothenburg will be a meeting with Donald Tusk, the summit chair who is overseeing the Brexit process. Tusk will remind May, according to an EU source, that "time is short" to deliver the kind of progress needed for EU officials to give the green light at the mid-December summit to open talks on the future relationship.

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British PM arrives for EU social summit

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 00:54