Luxembourg’s FM: EU-UK trade talks to start only after Brexit bill settled

The European Union sees the issue of settling the Brexit bill as a priority before moving on to discuss other issues of Brexit with the United Kingdom, including the financial ones, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said on Monday.

“In this matter, it is clear that if we get stuck on the finance issue, we will not be able to move on to the Phase Two, and the Phase Two is about what should come after between the European Union and the United Kingdom. It is extremely important for tens of thousands of workers in the European Union and in the United Kingdom,” Asselborn said upon his arrival to the Geneva Affairs Council on Article 50 in Brussels.

He said that the first phrase would hopefully be dealt with before the mandate of the current European Parliament expires in 2019, with the United Kingdom set to leave the bloc in March 2019.