UK Seeks to Convince EU It's Ready to Advance Brexit Talks

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 13, 2017

The government will this week publish the first of three discussion papers ahead of the next round of negotiations, scheduled to start August 28 in Brussels, Brexit Secretary David Davis's office said in a statement on Sunday.

The next round of talks is due at the end of the month, with both sides looking for progress towards a solution to three of Brexit's thorniest problems: how much Britain should pay to leave, what rights British and European Union citizens will have, and how to manage a land border to the bloc in Ireland.

The first will be a proposal for new customs arrangements.

His gloomy assessment cast doubt on whether the talks will have made enough progress to begin discussions in the autumn on a new free trade deal between Britain and the EU.

"We've been crystal clear that issues around our withdrawal and our future partnership are inextricably linked, and the negotiations so far have reinforced that view", a source in Britain's Brexit department said.

"I've launched this process because with time of the essence, we need to get on with negotiating the bigger issues around our future partnership to ensure we get a deal that delivers a strong United Kingdom and a strong EU", Davis said.

However it also confirmed that immigration controls - one of the key issues for voters who backed Brexit - would not stop all European Union workers coming to Britain.

They insisted the issues of Britain's withdrawal - which include the divorce bill the United Kingdom will have to pay in respect of its outstanding liabilities - remained "inextricably linked" with the talks on its future relations with the bloc. "It's what businesses across Europe have called on both sides to do and will demonstrate that the U.K.is ready for the job".

The documents - setting out proposals for Northern Ireland and the border with Ireland, continuity on the availability of goods and confidentiality, and access to official documents after Brexit - will seek to prove the U.K.is ready for talks to advance to the next stage, according to the statement.

"I've launched this process because with time of the essence, we need to get on with negotiating the bigger issues around our future partnership to ensure we get a deal that delivers a strong United Kingdom and a strong EU".

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