Davis calls for special partnership with Brussels as Brexit talks begin

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 20, 2017

"As Brexit talks commence, United Kingdom firms want practical economic issues to be at the heart of the negotiations".

"Today we agreed on dates, we agreed on organisation and we agreed on priorities for negotiations", Barnier told journalists, describing the four-week model that the European Union had proposed during the initial technical talks that took place the week before Davis agreed to land to the Belgian capital.

However Hammond's cabinet colleague David Davis is a more hardline Brexiteer, and will be leading negotiations with the European Union, whose chief negotiator is French politician Michel Barnier.

While the United Kingdom has said repeatedly that it wants out of the EU's single market and customs union - which offers tariff-free access to the EU, but requires countries to cede power to make their own trade deals - the DUP's manifesto says it wants a customs agreement and "arrangements to facilitate ease of movement of people, goods and services".

London agreed that "English and French will be used as working language".

EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier, right, and British Secretary of State David Davis, second left, participate with their teams in a round table meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday, June 19, 2017.

"How on earth do you resolve the border, the issue of the border with Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, unless you know what our general borders policy is, what the customs agreement is, what the free trade agreement is, whether you need to charge tariffs at the border or not?"

Gabriel said "it would naturally be best if Britain didn't leave at all".

He insisted: 'We will be leaving the single market - we'll be seeking to set up a free trade agreement.

Echoing Barnier, British Brexit minister David Davis applauded the "very productive discussions", saying, "I've been encouraged by the constructive approach that both sides have taken".

Germany's foreign minister says there may now be a chance of a "soft" British exit from the European Union that keeps the U.K.in the bloc's single market, but is warning that Britain couldn't pick and choose its conditions.

Anxious by immigration and loss of sovereignty, Britons voted last June to become the first nation ever to leave the 28-nation EU.

An early election this month, in which British Prime Minister Theresa May lost her Conservative majority in parliament, only added to the problems.

Britain's political instability has caused concerns in European capitals hoping to get the negotiations over with quickly and cleanly, as has May's oft-repeated threat to walk away from the talks without a deal if necessary.

The UK Government has announced that due to the amount of legislative work involved in the Brexit preparations, the next parliamentary session will be extended from 1 year to 2 years. But while Britain may be exercising its sovereign right to leave, Barnier said, "The United Kingdom will no longer enjoy the same rights and advantages as European Union members".

"Now, the hard work begins", said UK's chief negotiator David Davis.

Merkel spoke after meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who also stressed the 27 European Union countries' unity.

"I think the whole process will lead to a happy resolution which can be done with honor and profit to both sides".

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