Dutch PM Rutte says

BRUSSELS, 15 October (Reuters) — The EU and Great Britain were not going to negotiate on a new trade pact, Dutch Premier Mark Rutte said at the meeting with other bloc leaders in Brexit in Brussels, Thursday. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.

"The outside world would go nuts if the UK and the EU did not negotiate a settlement," said Rutte.

"I assume it's in our economic and strategic interest to enter an arrangement."

He said that he was « still guarded of optimism » about settling the most recent dispute over the adoption of Great Britain 's earlier EU divorce Treaty.

(Strauss and John Chalmers' reports, Baczynska's writings)

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