Britain Kicks Off Brexit Talks With European Union

Brexit negotiations have finally begun in Brussels, nearly a year to the day after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier, right, and British Secretary of State David Davis make statements as they arrive at EU headquarters in Brussels.

Davis said he was looking for a “positive and constructive tone” to deal with the myriad issues dividing both sides.

A year after Britain’s game-changing referendum, Brexit Secretary David Davis arrived in Brussels to launch talks he hoped would produce a “new, deep and special partnership” with the EU in the interest of Britons and all Europeans.

Others industry representatives say that the Brexit vote and the uncertain outcome of the European Union talks about what forms it takes cast a shadow over the entertainment sector.

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

Britain’s Brexit ministry said the team travelling to Brussels was confident it could achieve a “bold and ambitious deal” and forge a new, close arrangement with the bloc.

British foreign minister Boris Johnson, like Davis a prominent backer of the leave campaign, also sounded an upbeat note.

Both Gabriel and Verhofstadt said that they hoped May’s election fiasco would encourage Britain to pursue a “soft Brexit” preserving as many ties with the European Union as possible.

Other official at the table included Glynn Williams – director general at the Home Office, Mark Bowman – director general, worldwide finance at HM Treasury, Simon Case – director general, UK-EU partnership team, Alex Ellis – director general at the Department for Exiting the European Union, Jane Walker – aide to David Davis and Christian Jones – press secretary to David Davis.

Britain starts formal talks to leave the European Union on Monday, seeking a deal “like no other in history” despite entering fiendishly hard negotiations with a badly weakened government.

Davis, a veteran campaigner against European Union membership, said he sought quick and substantive progress in what is scheduled to be a two-year negotiation before Britain leaves the EU.

In carefully choreographed talks that even saw the two men exchange mountaineering gifts, they agreed to discuss divorce issues before negotiations on a future trade deal can start.

In Germany “people who created this sort of chaos would be long gone”, Gabriel said in reference to PM May.

“In the first step, we will deal with the most pressing issues”.

Barnier said after welcoming Davis that it was important to tackle uncertainties caused by Brexit. The also pushing to simultaneously negotiate a new partnership anchored by a sweeping free trade accord.

The talks, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, kicked off just shy of a year after the “Brexit” referendum, in which U.K. voters, by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin, chose to leave the EU, and almost three months after U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May sent a letter formally triggering the withdrawal process.

When Britain leaves the European Union, the Irish border will become the EU’s only land frontier with the UK.

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”.

With a further million British expatriates in the EU, Ms May too wants a deal on citizens’ rights, though the two sides are some way apart.