British Prime Minister Theresa May has proposed a clean break from the EU: leaving its single market, which enshrines free movement of people, goods, services and capital, and losing full access to the customs union in favour of a bespoke deal.
The most senior officials on either side will lead work on efforts to resolve the problem of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, a situation Mr Barnier acknowledged was “politically sensitive” at a time when the Tory government was seeking the support of the Democratic Unionist Party to prop up Mrs May’s minority government.
“The UK has been crystal clear in our approach to the negotiations, the withdrawal process can not be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account”.
May herself will also have a chance to update the other 27 European Union leaders on her Brexit plans at a summit meeting in Brussels on Thursday.
“That position hasn’t changed, it’s the same as it was before”, said Davis, a tough-talking figure in the “Leave” campaign in last year’s Brexit referendum.
Macron, a committed pro-EU leader and ally of Merkel, also easily won French legislative elections on Sunday, cementing his power base. He said that the other European Union countries have a united position but the British are “in chaos”.
“In a first step, we will deal with the most pressing issues”.
Mrs. May also said that Britain will leave the single market as membership is incompatible with restricting immigration.
“There is a long way to go, but we are off to a promising start”.
“Now, we have a shared responsibility to deliver quick and substantive progress”. Both sides will put top advisers to work immediately on a border agreement between Ireland and the United Kingdom, aiming to make sure the Irish peace agreement and the common travel area should as unaffected by Britain’s European Union departure as possible.
Terms of reference agreed by both sides envisage four rounds of talks on the first phase of discussions, in the weeks starting July 17, August 28, September 18 and October 9, implying trade talks are unlikely to open until after the European Council summit of October 18/19. “We agreed on organisation and we agreed on priorities for the negotiation”.
The head of the biggest group in the European Parliament says that what Britain wants out of the Brexit talks is a mystery as negotiations get underway. It is up to us to make a success in a new political age.
Merkel said Monday: “I think it is premature to speculate on the first day of the negotiations how they will end”.
Since last year’s June 23 referendum result, the sterling has fallen almost 14% against the USA dollar which has resulted in United Kingdom inflation nearing a four-year high along with clear signs that Britain’s economy is slowing down.
Commons leader Andrea Leadsom insisted she did not “look into the future” when asked about Mrs May’s tenure.