The clock is ticking, EU warns Britain of poor Brexit progress

"The clock is ticking, European Union tells Britain

The EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Monday that by deciding to leave the bloc, Britain automatically cut its Galileo ties too and could renegotiate them only as a third country under less advantageous conditions.

European Union leaders agreed at the March summit on a post-Brexit transition period lasting until the end of 2020, during which Britain will remain in the EU's common market in exchange for following European Union rules without any voting rights. Some key issues related to the withdrawal agreement need to be settled, Reuters quoted her as saying. "In June we need to see substantive progress on Ireland, on governance and all remaining separation issues", Zakharieva said.

Linde is set to visit Ireland this week for talks with Trade Minister Heather Humphreys and EU Minister Helen McEntee, and Northern Ireland for meetings with the DUP and Sinn Féin. "The clock is ticking", German EU Minister Michael Roth told his EU peers meeting in Brussels.

"If Brussels or Dublin insist upon rejecting all the practical approaches that we propose it is, with regret, that we will have to graciously accept their rejection", he added.

Under a customs partnership, the United Kingdom would collect tariffs for Brussels. Under a second idea, for a streamlined customs arrangement, traders on an approved list would be able to cross borders freely with the aid of automated technology.

Former Malaysian PM banned from leaving country
Mahathir also named former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin as home affairs minister and Mohamad Sabu as defense minister. He has also vowed to abolish the 6 per cent goods and services tax implemented in 2015 and to reintroduce fuel subsidies.

The EU has said London must come up with a solution for the Irish border and highlights that has not happened.

Barnier and the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini meanwhile both welcomed British proposals on a future security partnership with the EU.

But it has proven difficult to reconcile Britain's conundrum: its commitment to avoid a so-called hard border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland without entering into a customs union with the rest of the union post-Brexit.

Other outstanding issues include guarantees for expatriate rights and trade rules after Brexit.

Barnier later said that there had been "a little, not very little progress" but warned that more was urgently needed.

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