Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

EU's Barnier assures Britons of compromises on Brexit

EU's Barnier assures Britons of compromises on Brexit

Theresa May said there has been a "constructive" start to the Brexit talks as she prepared to set out proposals to break the logjam over the status of expat citizens following United Kingdom withdrawal from the EU.

While Barnier insists on the "sequencing" of talks, so that trade negotiations can not start until probably January, finding a way to avoid a "hard" customs border for troubled Northern Ireland may well involve some earlier discussion of the matter.

Britain voted for Brexit and there is no turning back. The report found that a quarter of organizations would be negatively impacted by a restriction on European Union migrants to only those who have job offers.

She said counter-terrorism would be on the agenda.

George Soros warned Britain was approaching a tipping point, with the economy set to slow so much that Brexit might even be reversed.

"There is a long way to go, but we are off to a promising start".

"While this will be a Government that consults and listens, we are clear that we are going to see Brexit through, working with parliament, business, the devolved administrations and others to ensure a smooth and orderly withdrawal".

Mr Davis and Mr Barnier will now meet every four weeks over the coming months, bringing their teams together for a matter of days each time.

The two sides have until March 2019 to complete and ratify a deal on the U.K.'s divorce from the European Union after more than four decades of membership and to try to shape a future partnership between Britain and its neighbors.

These include the issues of Britain's estimated €100 billion (S$175 billion) exit bill, the rights of European Union citizens living in Britain, and the fate of the border in Northern Ireland.

Mr Barnier spoke at a press conference after the first day to confirm that settling priority issues would build trust on which to negotiate a new relationship. Mr Barnier said in May.

The Brexit Minister, David Davis, started talks with the European Union officials in Brussels to work out a deal on Britain's exit from the European Union and its future relationship with the common currency bloc.

Meanwhile, Mr Barnier said he believed a "fair" deal was possible for both sides but he made clear the talks, beginning a year after the UK's Brexit referendum, would take place according to a timetable set by the EU.

Failure to find common ground quickly would jeopardise Britain's ability to strike a Brexit deal by the time it leaves the bloc in March 2019, and would likely at the very least delay when European Union governments would be willing to discuss the trade accord Mrs May wants.

Tax experts have previously said that the outcome of the UK's general election on June 8, with the Conservative Party failing to secure a parliamentary majority, could weaken the UK's negotiating position in Brexit talks.

Soros was also adamant that Prime Minister Theresa May should seek to keep Britain in the EU's single market.

The worldwide development secretary, Priti Patel, said: "The UK has been at the forefront of responding to the migration crisis and our work to date has helped reduce total migrant numbers to Europe since 2015".

French President Emmanuel Macron said last week that the door is still open for Britain to remain.

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I am not the only one".

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