In an interview in New York, Mr Verhofstadt said: “The Brexit discussion is a good opportunity not only to discuss and negotiate a new agreement, a new partnership with Britain, but also to fix that now it is time to have a real government in Europe”.
The Brexit discussion is a good opportunity not only to discuss and negotiate a new agreement, a new partnership with Britain, but also to fix that now it is time to have a real government in Europe
He added: ”It is clear the transition needs to be limited in time. I have seen temporary things become eternal.
“What is far more important is a clear triggering of [Article] 50, a clear proposal by the British government and how they see the partnership in the future.
With the UK Government set to trigger Article 50 by the end of March to begin Brexit negotiations, the former Belgian prime minister added that Britain’s EU exit must be concluded “before the European elections of 2019”.
Mr Verhofstadt was speaking in New York as he promoted his new book, ‘Europe’s Last Chance’
Mr Verhofstadt was promoting his new book, ‘Europe’s Last Chance’ and claimed Britain’s exit should be used as a catalyst to promote a stronger political and defence union, unifying its common market across increasing numbers of service sectors and industries.
The Prime Minister confirmed Britain will leave the single market during a major speech last week
Ahead of Theresa May’s meeting with President Trump on Friday, a spokesman for the European Commission warned the Prime Minister: “There is nothing in the treaties that prohibits you from discussing trade.
“You can only negotiate a trade agreement after you leave the European Union.”