STOCKHOLM, July 26. / TASS /. European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström believes that the new plan of the British government to withdraw from the EU is "half-measures". She said this on Thursday in an interview with TT.
"What they have proposed now is a bit of a half-measure, there are still a number of ambiguities, “she said. “But, at least, this is a proposal for starting negotiations.” It was necessary for a long time, but now there is something to begin with". Malmström considers it particularly problematic that the government intends to remain on the EU internal market, but to restrict the free movement of union citizens.
According to the European Commissioner, the analysis of the proposals of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May and her government continues. A series of rounds of talks with Britain is planned in both summer and early autumn.
"Time flies quickly, “Malmstrom pointed out. – Hard or soft Vrexit is a matter for the British. The worst thing would be if there was no agreement at all. Of course, this risk exists".
The British government had previously published a 98-page document proposing that the country, having left Brexit as a result of a single market and customs union, continued to cooperate with the European Union on favorable terms. Negotiations on Brexit should last until November 2018, after which the deal should be approved by the European Parliament and Westminster. Brexit itself will be held on March 29, 2019, after which, according to the plan, there should be a transition period, which will last until December 31, 2020.