Divorce bill focus of Brexit talks on Monday

21 June, 2017, 03:11 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Theresa May's stance might 'delay' EU-Brexit talks by a year

Brexit minister David Davis will travel to Brussels to meet Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, to kick off hugely complex withdrawal negotiations that are expected to last less than two years.

Trade talks between the United Kingdom and European Union will not begin until October at the earliest as Brexit negotiations will follow the timetable set out by Brussels in a blow to David Davis. "First for citizens, also for beneficiaries of European Union policies and the impact on borders, in particular Ireland".

On her part, Britain's Prime Minister said that she was keen to stick to her planned timetable and would start the Brexit talks in Brussels.

"Let's start the negotiations, and at the end we will always come to reasonable decisions", he said.

A spokesman for his Department for Exiting the European Union said Britain had been "crystal clear" about its approach.

While "Brexiteers" have strongly backed May's proposed clean break with the single market and customs union, finance minister Philip Hammond and others have this month echoed calls by businesses for less of a "hard Brexit" and retaining closer customs ties.

With Britain's negotiations on the terms of its departure from the European Union set to begin on Monday, the country risks skills shortages and losing business if it ends freedom of movement without a new plan for attracting workers, the report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development said.

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With Prime Minister Theresa May still working to shore up a deal with a small Northern Irish party to prop up her Conservative government after she lost her parliamentary majority in the June 8 election, Hammond's comments could be a sign that London is easing back its approach to Brexit. Only after that, in December at the earliest, but more likely next year, can negotiations commence on what Britain's future relationship with the bloc will look like.

And the source told the BBC that it was understood the talks would broadly follow the EU's preferred sequence, dealing with issues of citizens' rights and a framework for calculating outstanding financial liabilities before moving on, possibly later in the year, to deal with the UK's future relationship with the EU.

The first day of the negotiations began at the European Commission offices in Brussels.

He said: "No deal would be a very, very bad outcome for Britain, but there is a possible worse outcome and that is a deal that is deliberately structured to suck the lifeblood out of our economy over a period of time". "But the 27 of us will formulate our interests very clearly and hopefully, together", Merkel said.

"The four freedoms that give us the internal market must not be jeopardised", she said with reference to the EU's freedoms of movement of goods, capital, people, and services.

From the Brexit brigade's initial chest-beating and wild promises of reduced immigration and increased prosperity to Theresa May's shrill denunciation of the EU's "threats against Britain", the British position has been chaotic and weak. For another, the combination of finally launching talks on Monday and Ms May being at the summit on Thursday and Friday made the coming week a key opportunity to "rebuild trust" after tempers had boiled over on both sides in recent months.

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