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>> They were supposed to be discussing a post-Brexit transition deal. Instead, EU ambassadors spent talks on Wednesday predicting that London would fail to come up with the cash Brussels says it owes and considering postponing the trade talks Britain wants until the new year. They know full well that yet more uncertainty could prompt UK-based businesses to relocate, and are clearly turning the screws on UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, says Reuters Alastair Macdonald.
>> There is a pincer movement, a pressure here, on Prime Minister Theresa May from, on the one hand Brussels, who are saying, come up with money, with a better offer. And the pincer from the other side with the investment, the business community, telling the British government, look, if we don't have clarity on where we're going in a transition period after March 2019, with some sort of future trade relationship by the beginning of next year, then we're gonna have to assume that perhaps nothing is gonna happen on that.
>> Pressure is something May doesn't need more of. Two scandal-hit ministers have resigned in a week, the latest International Development Secretary Priti Patel. What's left is a cabinet sharply divided between Brexiteers and Remainers.>> There's less concern that Theresa May and her government may be about to collapse.
It's something they've always known could be a probability, particularly since her disastrous election in June. But it is not at the forefront of their minds. What is troubling to them is the difficulties of the government holding together and coming together with a common line that they can conduct coherent negotiations with Brussels that can reach a conclusion.
>> Thank you, Mr. Speaker.>> To get to trade talks, May will also have to persuade the Brexiteers in her party to accept compromises they don't want, such as handing over large sums of cash to Brussels. A shaky government won't make that any easier.