Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

United Kingdom to start Brexit negotiation process on March 29

United Kingdom to start Brexit negotiation process on March 29

Mrs May says she will not start discussions with the Scottish First Minister on her proposals to hold a second independence vote when she is about to begin Brexit negotiations.

The source said that there was "no specific date set yet for the European Council at 27, but we expect to need approximately four to six weeks to prepare and consult with the EU 27 member states".

Sterling fell half a cent against the dollar on what Brexit minister David Davis described as a move taking Britain to "the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation".

But there is a way for the talks to get off to a more positive start: that is with an early agreement on a reciprocal rights deal for European Union citizens in the United Kingdom and vice-versa. The top politicians will carve out negotiating positions and guidelines for the European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, to follow. He'll receive direction from the Council, which represents the leaders of the member states. That's why we believe the people should have the final say over the Conservative Brexit deal. Both sides agree that giving such citizens a guarantee that they will be able to stay where they are is a top priority.

British negotiators are sure to quibble over the size of that tab.

European leaders have also been clear that Britain cannot get a better deal outside the EU than it had inside, amid fears that Brexit could cause other nations to leave the bloc. Leaving the Single Market was not on the ballot paper in the referendum, it is a political choice made by Theresa May. That makes some barriers to trade seem inevitable.

If the negotiations go along expected lines, Britain should have officially exited the European Union by March 2019.

Britain believes it can negotiate the exit agreement and a deal on future relations within the two-year negotiating period, although diplomats are sceptical. Even if it does take less than two years, it may result in only a transition deal, with the hard work of reimagining Britain's relationship with the European Union still to come.

"There will have to be some really tight prioritisation in government to work out what else is going to be done aside from the Brexit legislation".

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