United Kingdom publishes White Paper to replace European Union law post-Brexit

03 April, 2017, 03:47 | Author: Elaine Woods
  • Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street

British Prime Minister Theresa May had in her letter triggering the two-year exit process on Wednesday called for talks on the divorce and a future deal to run in parallel as soon as negotiations start.

"The talks which are about to start will be hard, complex and sometimes even confrontational".

The white paper was published one day after May formally notified Brussels of Britain's intention to leave the European Union, in a letter triggering two years of Brexit negotiations.

"Starting parallel talks on all issues at the same time, as suggested by some in the United Kingdom, will not happen", he said, adding that the EU-27 will assess "probably [in] the autumn if sufficient progress has been achieved".

Tusk said he would meet with British PM Theresa May in London before an April 29 summit in Brussels.

First of all I would like to thank Prime Minister Muscat for his hospitality and the extraordinary job already done by the Maltese presidency.

"It's not a threat", Brexit minister David Davis told BBC radio after warnings from Brussels against using security as a bargaining chip in the talks. "Brexit itself is punitive enough", he said.

May will announce to Parliament that Britain is set to formally file for divorce from the European Union Wednesday, ending a 44-year relationship, enacting the decision made by United Kingdom voters in a referendum nine months ago and launching both Britain and the bloc into uncharted territory.

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"We want to secure their rights as soon as possible", during the Britain's talks with the European Union on leaving the bloc, the ambassador said.

The draft guidelines, which will now be sent to the 27 leaders, come two days after May formally notified the European Union about Britain's intention to withdraw from the bloc in two years.

At the same time, Gabriel noted that the divorce settlement talks should not lead to a "totally hostile relationship" between the two sides.

The EU's approach to the talks which will establish Britain's new relationship with the remaining 27 member states is to be set out by European Council president Donald Tusk.

'It would be to the detriment of us all if unnecessary barriers to trade were erected, ' she said.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson responded: "I think we really are moving forward now".

A senior European Union diplomat likened the insistence on sequencing to the repetition by the 27 since Britain's referendum that there could be "no negotiation before notification" - a stance they believe forced May to accept the two-year deadline set by Article 50, which she might otherwise have tried to avoid.

Tusk's negotiating guidelines are likely to back Merkel and Hollande's position on striking a deal on departure first - with Britain's €60bn (£51bn, $64bn) divorce bill covering its outstanding obligations likely to be high on the agenda.

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