BBC World, BBC Radio 5 and The Conversation: Dr Magdalena Frenhoff Larsen comments on Brexit negotiations and Theresa May’s Florence speech

Politics and International Relations 29 September 2017

Dr Magdalena Frenhoff Larsen, Lecturer in Politics, has been interviewed by BBC World and BBC Radio 5 regarding the Brexit negotiations and Theresa May’s recent speech in Florence. She also wrote an article for the Conversation on the topic.

In a recent article she published for The Conversation, Dr Magdalena Frenhoff Larsen assessed where the Brexit negotiations were at so far and explained what was left to be done: “Even if a working structure is in place and the two parties are engaging in more open discussions, it is clear that these negotiations are anything but simple and easy, and that the negotiations on the future agreement might not start in October as initially predicted.”

Dr Frenhoff Larsen was also interviewed by BBC World News where she discussed the progress that needs to be made to reach a deal: “In the negotiating mandate that the 27 member states gave to the Constitution, it said very clearly that sufficient progress needs to have been made on these withdrawal agreement issues such as the Irish border, citizens’ rights and the financial bill. Not until they decide this sufficient progress has been made, can the EU and the UK start focusing on this future trade deal.”

In another interview she gave to BBC Radio 5 (Listen to the full interview from 2:07:31), Magdalena commented on Theresa May’s speech delivered in Florence: “I think that some sort of intervention was needed. We have had three negotiating rounds where not much has progressed and there was a slight frustration on the part of the EU about issues that had to do with the withdrawal agreement. She came in to show good will and try to break this deadlock that we are seeing.”

Listen to the full BBC Radio 5 interview.

Read the full Conversation article.  

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