Sweden BEGS UK to remain in single market to make Brexit CHEAPER for EU member states

Ann Linde said while it is bad for Brexit negotiations that Theresa May’s hand had been weakened by the General Election results, it also meant the door could be open for a softer exit from Brussels. 

Speaking to Expressen, she said: “It is always good to have a strong negotiating partner and from that perspective, it is not good that things now have become chaotic and that Theresa May maybe not be able to push through the things that she wants.

“On the other hand, there are signs that suggest that Great Britain might be heading towards a softer Brexit. 

“And anything that softens up the rock hard Brexit is good for Sweden.”

Ms Linde said a softer Brexit, where the UK would remain in the single market or customs union, would make it cheaper for Sweden to continue trade with Britain after the divorce is complete. 

She said: “It would make it much easier and much cheaper for Swedish businesses to continue their trade with Great Britain. 

“Plus it would probably be easier for the Swedish nationals [in the UK] to keep all the rights they enjoy today as EU citizens.”

Ms Linde added: “If it’s a hard Brexit, which means leaving completely and where the UK goes over to WTO rules, large customs fees will be added.”

Official Brexit talks started on Monday as David Davis travelled to Brussels to negotiate on behalf of the UK. 

The Brexit Secretary was welcomed by Michel Barnier, as the EU negotiator told reporters: “Today we are launching the negotiations on the orderly withdrawal of the UK from the EU. 

“Our objective is clear, we must first tackle the uncertainties caused by Brexit. First for citizens, but also for the beneficiaries of the EU policies and for the impact on borders, in particular, Ireland. 

“I hope that today we can identify priorities and a timetable that would allow me to report to the European Council later this week that we had a constructive opening of negotiations.” 

While Mr Davis said: “Thank you very much for that kind introduction. I’m here in Brussels today like Michel to begin the next phase of our work to build a new deep and special partnership with the EU.

“It’s at testing times like these that we’re reminded of the values and resolve that we share with our closest allies in Europe. 

“There’s more that unites us than divides us, so while there will undoubtedly be challenging times ahead of us in the negotiations we’ll do all we can to ensure we deliver a deal that works in the best interests of all citizens. 

“To that end, we’re starting these negotiations in a positive and constructive tone determined to build a strong and special partnership between ourselves and our European allies for the future.” 

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