Informal European Council

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:42 pm on 6th February 2017.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 3:42 pm, 6th February 2017

I was aware of Wolfgang Schäuble’s comments—although I cannot claim to have read that particular publication—and it was an important point. As we move forward towards the triggering of the negotiations, we are now seeing a genuine willingness on both sides to discuss the future EU-UK relationship—the new partnership that we want—and a recognition of the role that the UK plays in Europe. Of course, Germany will be one of the remaining 27 member states, but I look forward to having further conversations with our German counterparts on the importance that they place on the City of London and the UK’s trading relationship with Europe.