Brexit talks at critical moment after future ties agreed – May

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Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the media outside 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, November 22, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May said Brexit talks were at a critical moment and that all efforts would be made to bring them to a conclusion after a framework for the future relationship with the EU was agreed on Thursday.

May said the draft future framework would allow Britain to negotiate trade deals during a transition phase and rejected any link between access to fishing waters and access to markets, adding that work on alternative arrangements to avoid a hard border in Ireland would begin before Britain left the bloc.

“The negotiations are now at a critical moment and all our efforts must be focussed on working with our European partners to bring this process to a final conclusion,” she said.

Reporting by William James and Kylie MacLellan, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison

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