EU negotiator Michel Barnier warns Brexit transition period 'not a given'

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Britain and the European Union began formal talks on the transition on Tuesday but the week ended with the bloc's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, warning of "substantial" disagreements.

He also cited the UK's concern about not having a say on legislation passed during transition which it would be obliged to implement, and its wish to have the choice to participate in projects initiated in the same period, on which it has now "opt-in" rights.

However, Barnier said that a deal could not be guaranteed, if Britain remains inflexible.

He said: "If these disagreements persist, the transition is not (a) given". "Time is short, very short, we don't have a minute to lose if we want to succeed".

Known as "the man who broke the Bank of England", Soros in 1992 bet against the pound and reportedly made £1.5bn when sterling plummeted, leading then-Prime Minister John Major to withdraw the currency from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism in what became known as Black Wednesday.

BoE Governor Mark Carney has argued strongly that an agreement on the terms of a transition has to be secured by the end of the first quarter this year so businesses can plan ahead.

There are only 13 months to go before Brexit, yet Prime Minister Theresa May and her senior ministers remain divided over how close a relationship the country should seek to retain with the EU. The final pact must carry widespread support settle the question for a generation or more, she said, according to an official briefed on the Cabinet talks.

Britain was expected to sketch in some of the details Friday, but Barnier says the British side canceled the meeting due to a scheduling conflict.

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A spokesman for Soros did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Meanwhile, auto maker Nissan warned in 2016 that it may have to relocate jobs from its plant in the north of England, until the United Kingdom government gave assurances that the country would "remain competitive" post-Brexit.

According to Ian Campbell, managing director at Glenrath Farm, it would be hard to run the business without being able to employ workers from Eastern European countries as 52% of the workforce are from there.

Japan's ambassador warned Thursday that its big companies - and others - would have to leave the country if trade barriers after Brexit wipe out their profit margins. "This is all high stakes that all of us, I think, need to keep in mind", he answered. One potential solution - staying in a customs union with the EU - has been ruled out by May.

Among the mass of agreements that Britain will now have to renegotiate with Brussels are those governing flights between Britain and the rest of the EU.

While there is on-going uncertainty as to exactly how far the British Government wants to distance itself from the EU post-Brexit, they have reaffirmed their desire to leave both the single market and the customs union.

If the European Union pushes back hard and refuses to give any ground, May's team could fracture, potentially setting in train a series of events that forces her out.

"The time has come to make choices", Barnier repeated his message from Monday when he met with May in London.

"The point about frictionless trade and tariff-free trade was made in the meeting and acknowledged by the government and all sides as being important but nothing firm", said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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