December 13, 2019 / 1:21 AM / 8 months ago

EU executive expects mandate for talks on post-Brexit trade deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission expect European Union leaders on Friday to grant it a mandate for talks with Britain on a future trade agreement, the head of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen told a news conference.

Exit polls showed the Conservative Party of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson winning a clear majority in parliament, which European diplomats said meant there would be no more delays to Britain’s exit form the EU.

“We are ready to negotiate whatever is necessary, and it will be important tomorrow to get the mandate for the steps from the council (of EU leaders),” von der Leyen said.

“This will be the core of our debate tomorrow,” she said.

Reporting by Jan Strupczewski; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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