Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

EU, UK agree Brexit talks principles: Barnier

EU, UK agree Brexit talks principles: Barnier

In this Monday June 19, 2017 photo, British Secretary of State for Exiting the EU David Davis listens to opening remarks during his arrival at EU headquarters in Brussels.

Negotiators agreed to one week of talks every month up until October.

The Brexit secretary said he vowed to seek "a deal that works in the best interests of all citizens", with both sides agreeing they want to sort out the rights of the 3.2 million European Union nationals living in the United Kingdom and the 1.2 million British expats in the EU.

After the first day of the crucial negotiations which have the potential to shape the UK's economic and political future for a generation, it was agreed that working groups of officials would aim to make progress on the issues of citizens' rights, the UK's financial settlement - the so-called divorce bill - and other issues to do with separation.

Only once the EU27 determine that "sufficient progress" has been made on these issues will talks be able to progress to a second phase, where the two sides will begin to scope out the future of their relationship.

The EU said it was also looking for a good compromise.

Britain's negotiators came to Brussels seeking a "new, deep and special partnership with the European Union" as talks on the unprecedented British withdrawal from the bloc finally got under way. "But the 27 of us will formulate our interests very clearly and hopefully, together", Ms Merkel said.

Merkel spoke after meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who also stressed the 27 European Union countries' unity. He said he views the talks with "informed optimism".

Laying out the issues that lie ahead for Britain as it prepares to embark on the negotiations, he also warned that EU citizens may be blocked from staying in Britain permanently even if they arrive before the country leaves the union. We discussed two aspects of it.

VDMA managing director Thilo Brodtmann said in a statement that "the European Union and Great Britain must absolutely avoid being left without an agreement in two years". Such firms sold 7.3 billion euros ($8.2 billion) worth of goods to customers in Britain a year ago, their fourth-biggest market.

May's government said in a statement it was "confident it can achieve a bold and ambitious deal that will work in the interest of the whole U.K".

'There is more that unites us than divides us.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has met with the EU's negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels to officially start Brexit negotiations.

His remarks paint a different picture of Brexit than that presented by the new Prime Minister, who has said she will try to build consensus before launching formal negotiations.

But the business community and many lawmakers want to retain closer ties with Europe, and they are heaping pressure on the prime minister to change her approach.

"One of the ways we will do this is by embracing the opportunities to strike free trade deals with our partners across the globe".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Monday he still thinks that the Brexit negotiations will yield "a happy resolution that can be done with profit and honor for both sides".

The session ended with a joint press conference in which the negotiators again stressed they were entering the talks positively.

Johnson called on people to look at the more distant future. "In the long run, this will be good for the United Kingdom and good for the rest of Europe".

Instead they were served Belgian asparagus, followed by red mullet with vegetables and fondant potatoes, finished off with meringue cake, officials said. He added: "Brexit won't make anything better, but it will make a lot of things more hard".

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