November 19 2017

Britain-EU Brexit talks to start Monday as planned

November 19 2017, 12:53 | Clarence Walton

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives at the EU summit in Brussels Belgium

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives at the EU summit in Brussels Belgium

"Depending on a hard or soft Brexit, that number might be slightly less than that, so it's going to be updated all the time", its United Kingdom chief executive Ian Stuart told BBC television.

"We will build the broadest possible consensus for our Brexit plans and that means giving Parliament the maximum amount of time to scrutinise these bills by holding a two-year session of Parliament", she said.

European Union officials in Brussels are ready to negotiate - the sense of impatience is palpable.

On that basis the formal start to the Brexit negotiations should still get under way as planned in Brussels next week.

It will be a typically Brussels affair: an opening session, a 90-minute working lunch for the two lead negotiators to set the scene, then the dry, detailed business of working groups with officials poring over documents.

"We have been crystal clear about our approach to these negotiations", said the spokesman.

"Our view is that withdrawal agreement and terms of the future relationship must be agreed alongside each other".

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"We believe that the withdrawal process can not be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account".

"Obviously it's not great that things are being delayed", an European Union source said on condition of anonymity, adding that Brussels officials had been "glued to their TV screens and Twitter" for the British election results.

More pressing is the issues of providing effective guarantees to some 5 million people - around 3 million European Union citizens living in Britain plus nearly 2 million Britons in Europe - who want to know what the future holds after Brexit.

Mr Davis added: "In the first round we are going to have pretty long meetings at roughly one week a month - which is much, much faster than any previous trade deal they have done".

The rebound coincided with increased confidence in national economies, Pew said, even though nearly half of Europeans disapproved of the EU's economic policies - a disapproval rating that reached sky-high levels in southern Europe, where the EU has become associated with heartless austerity. As Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator put it, talks should start when the "UK is ready", but that: "I can't negotiate with myself".

After a shambolic Tory campaign - that proved May is no Thatcher - and a Corbyn campaign that was as adept as the Conservatives' was inept, Theresa May finds herself without a majority and severely weakened.

"We set out very clearly our desired outcome in the prime minister's Lancaster House speech and in the article 50 letter that we've sent", he said.

Labour's Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has written to David Davis urging him to "reset" the government's "belligerent and reckless" approach to leaving the EU.

Back in April when Theresa May shocked the Westminster establishment by calling a snap election many, indeed most, commentators hailed it as a genius stroke by the UK's new Iron Lady.

Hammond, who reportedly supports the U.K.'s membership of the free-tariff market, told the press that the priority for the talks is protecting jobs.

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