EXPLAINER-Gaps between Britain and EU on eve of talks on post-Brexit ties


By Gabriela Baczynska

BRUSSELS, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Britain on Thursday published its negotiating position for talks starting with the European Union on Monday on their new, post-Brexit relationship from 2021.

Overall, it is seeking a much looser new relationship with the EU than the bloc would want.

The EU’s Brexit negotiator said the bloc would stick to a more ambitious outline of its future ties with London agreed last October in a political declaration accompanying the legal divorce treaty.

While the declaration was initially sought by then-Prime Minister Theresa May to lock in a close partnership with the EU, her successor Boris Johnson is pushing for more distant ties.

That has left the EU talking up the declaration, which is not legally binding,…

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