Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Britain-EU Brexit talks to start Monday as planned

Britain-EU Brexit talks to start Monday as planned

U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis and his European counterpart Michel Barnier will open negotiations over Britain's split from the European Union on Monday, nearly a year after the country voted to leave.

Negotiations with Brussels on the UK's departure from the European Union are due to start on 19 June, and Mrs May is now seeking the backing of the Democratic Unionist Party to prop up her minority government.

"We've set out the broad principles from where we will start the negotiation and we will negotiate in good faith, but it is a negotiation and we recognise there will be an exchange of views and we will take that forward in a spirit of genuine cooperation", Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond told reporters in Luxembourg on Friday.

British negotiators believe the European Union might accept such a deal because it would mean Europe's trade in goods with the United Kingdom - in which the European Union runs a surplus - would not be disrupted by Brexit, the newspaper said.

Foster's Democratic Unionist Party has been in talks with May's Conservatives after the prime minister's party failed to win a majority in a national election.

The Commission statement said: "The opening of negotiations at political level next week will focus on issues related to citizens' rights, the financial settlement, the Northern Irish border and other separation issues, as part of the sequenced approach to the talks".

The source said the talks to leave the European Union would not be delayed, removing the question mark over the negotiations being derailed by May's lack of a parliamentary majority lost in an election she did not need to call.

"Theresa May must immediately create a cross-party joint cabinet committee to negotiate Brexit".

"If the government cannot even secure a deal with the DUP, how on earth can they get a deal with the European Union?" asked MP Alistair Carmichael.

Britain's giant banking industry and other business groups see Hammond as their most powerful ally in government and they were anxious when it appeared he might lose his job in the run-up to the election.

Meanwhile Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II's second son, who works to encourage British economic growth, warned of years of "uncertainty and difficulty and upheaval" following Brexit.

Verhofstadt is the official Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament, which will have the final say on any deal on future relations after Britain leaves the EU in 2019.

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