United Kingdom faces $2bn European Union claim on China imports fraud

Judith QuinnMar 10, 2017

The EU legislature will have to approve any deal with Britain after it quits the EU and will be involved in the Brexit negotiations once London triggers the talks in the coming weeks.

"The UK in the future will be an important, one of the most important, interlocutors of the EU", Tajani said, noting that being outside the EU was however not the same as being a member. "I think everybody understands that and that's the reality", he said.

At her last Brussels summit before her deadline to trigger the Article 50 withdrawal process by the end of March, May said she wanted to "get on with" leaving the European Union - and said her fellow EU leaders agreed.

Theresa May heads to a summit for European leaders on Thursday with the possibility of Britain having to pay a hefty fine imposed by an EU watchdog.

Mr. Tusk said the European Council would issue its draft plans for Brexit talks soon after Mrs.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who described himself as a "friend" of the United Kingdom, warned that May would have to face up to paying for Britain's previous commitments to the EU.

"When you sign on for a contract, you commit yourself to participation".

"And obviously the extent of that level of money will be determined". He tweeted a picture from a meeting with Rumen Radev, the president of Bulgaria - the country that will hold the European Union presidency for the first six months of 2018 - saying they had a "common position" on citizens, the budget and unity of the 27 nations in the EU.

OLAF accuses Britain of ignoring rampant use of fake invoices and customs claims by Chinese importers which cost 1.99 billion euros (USD 2.1 billion) in lost customs duties to the EU.

"But that no more than any other problem will have to be faced, it will have to be dealt with and it will be dealt with".

Anders Samuelsen told Bloomberg: "You have to find a solution and we will find a solution".

May told reporters she's "optimistic that we can achieve a good and comprehensive free-trade deal with the European Union", arguing that "it's not just about what's in the U.K.'s interests, it's also about what is in the interests of the European Union".

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