Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

United Kingdom sees 'happy' Brexit outcome for both sides: Foreign Minister Boris Johnson

United Kingdom sees 'happy' Brexit outcome for both sides: Foreign Minister Boris Johnson

Chief U.K. negotiator David Davis is meeting his European Union counterpart, former French foreign minister Michel Barnier, to grapple with a complex set of questions about the future of trade and migration, how much the country must pay to settle its bill with the bloc, and the rights of millions of citizens who have settled in Britain or Europe.

The Irish issue, long described as a priority for both, will be treated somewhat differently; avoiding a "hard border" will necessarily have to take account of how the rest of EU-UK trade will work.

Anxious by mass immigration and loss of sovereignty, Britain previous year voted to end its decades-old membership of the 28-nation bloc in a shock referendum result.

During the first phase of talks, European Union negotiators are expected to go through a list of rights of European Union nationals line by line.

"This first session was useful indeed to start off on the right foot as the clock was ticking", Barnier told a joint news conference with Davis at the end of the historic first session of negotiations in Brussels. "But the 27 of us will formulate our interests very clearly and hopefully, together", Merkel said.

The talks are being closely watched in European capitals as they could delay the expected start of Brexit negotiations next week, as well as change Britain's entire approach to its EU withdrawal.

As the negotiations kick off, here's a look at some of the major issues the sides face.

Mr Hammond said he would not agree to a deal that would "destroy" Britain.

The association represents 3,200 businesses with a million employees in Germany making industrial machinery.

Speculation has also mounted that she could now seek a softer Brexit, which involves staying in either the EU's single market or customs union. "A deal like no other in history". The referendum was declared back on June 23, 2016, but Britain failed to make progress.

"We must think about the deep and meaningful partnership with Europe", he said.

Terms of reference agreed by both sides envisage four rounds of talks on the first phase of discussions, in the weeks starting July 17, August 28, September 18 and October 9, implying trade talks are unlikely to open until after the European Council summit of October 18/19.

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. They should finally tell us what the aim is.

Mr Davis said he was optimistic about the process and the British appeared upbeat about the prospects of trade talks beginning before the final details of divorce proceedings had been agreed.

The Brexit talks will take place across two separate stages with unpicking the issues surrounding the present situation and how to deal with the multitude of bureacratic issues that the separation will bring first on the agenda.

"Many people are afraid that what is presented as a very generous offer will not be seen as very generous, which could really contribute to a negative atmosphere", a European source said.

"The most important thing now is for us to look to the horizon. think about the future, and think about the new partnership, the deep and special partnership that we want to build with our friends", the Foreign Secretary said as he went into a separate meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

Theresa May had called for voters in the election to choose her "strong and stable leadership" to ensure that the United Kingdom had a strong hand in the Brexit negotiations.

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