Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

The 2nd Round of the Brexit Talks Begins

The 2nd Round of the Brexit Talks Begins

"Now it's time to get down to work and make this a successful negotiation", he said before Davis and Barnier headed off for talks.

Mr Barnier said: 'I look forward to our negotiations this week.

Barnier said: "We will now delve into the heart of the matter. We need to examine and compare our respective positions in order to make good progress".

The priorities, notably rights for expatriate citizens, how much Britain may owe to the EU budget and how to manage the new EU-UK border, especially with Ireland, are ones both sides want to settle in a withdrawal treaty.

For now, the EU says May's offer to guarantee the rights of 3 million Europeans in Britain falls short.

The proposal to grant EU nationals "settled status", effectively indefinite leave to remain, was immediately dismissed by European Council President Donald Tusk as "below our expectations".

Negotiation on the exit bill might be especially tough, following British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson's remark last week that the European Union could "go whistle" over its "extortionate" bill demand.

However ministers also faced criticism at home over their plans to withdraw from the European Union nuclear regulator, Euratom, amid warnings the United Kingdom find its access to radioactive isotopes used to treat cancer restricted.

"If you want my opinion, some of the noise is generated by people who are not happy with the agenda that I have, over the last few weeks, tried to advance, of ensuring that we achieve a Brexit which is focused on protecting our economy, protecting our jobs and making sure that we can have continued rising living standards in the future".

Mr Davis made clear his first priority would be resolving the issue of citizens" rights, saying he was determined to make "real progress'.

Finance chief Philip Hammond said on July 16 that Britain will take responsibility for the money it owes, saying, "We're not a country that walks away from its debts".

Mr Hammond lifted the lid on cabinet feuding by claiming damaging stories about him had come from fellow ministers out to get him because he is pushing for a softer Brexit.

European diplomats fear the United Kingdom is continuing to box itself into an uncompromising position and are expecting it to push back strongly on the court, as both sides map out their differences in detail during the negotiations.

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