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EU meet on trade and climate change to attract 51 countries

The European Union has called a meeting on trade and climate change on October 18-19, 2018 that will be represented by 51 European and Asian countries. The meeting coincides with an EU summit on Oct. 18, which too will tackle the future trade policy and the role of the EU in the multilateral trade system.

Originally planned as a two-day event and marked as key date to agree the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU next year, the European summit has now been downgraded to a one-day event.

The important negotiations on Brexit will now happen at an informal meeting in Salzburg, Austria, on September. 20. A third official said the EU is concerned that the UK isn’t bringing sufficient urgency to the negotiating effort and preparations for a no-deal Brexit will accelerate if there is no breakthrough in September.