Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Germany: no punishment for UK, but EU exit good for no one

Wilma Wheeler | 20 June, 2017, 00:40

Davis, a prominent "Leave" campaigner in the referendum, said he was approaching the talks in a "constructive way", knowing they will be "difficult at points".

Britain appears to have given in on the EU's insistence that talks first focus on three key divorce issues, before moving onto the future EU-UK relationship and a possible trade deal. He thought that this first round of negotiations would be about getting a feel for each other. "But the 27 of us will formulate our interests very clearly and hopefully, together", Merkel said. He said he views the talks with "informed optimism".

With her strategy unclear and her position insecure, Prime Minister Theresa May plunges this week into tortuous divorce talks with the European Union that will shape Britain's prosperity and global influence for generations to come.

"Now, the hard work begins", Davis said, adding he wanted a deal that worked for both sides.

Davis's agreement to Monday's agenda led some European Union officials to believe that May's government may at last coming around to Brussels' view of how negotiations should be run.

The association represents 3,200 businesses with a million employees in Germany making industrial machinery. The last round, according to the current schedule, will start on 9 October, 10 days before the European Union summit where leaders are expected to assess the progress made.

The UK is set to leave the European Union by the end of March 2019.

The UK will officially start Brexit talks with Brussels on Monday nearly a year after the historic referendum which as Britons vote to leave the bloc. "We must first tackle the uncertainties caused by Brexit, first for citizens but also for the beneficiaries of European Union policies and for the impact on borders, in particular Ireland".

"We must first tackle uncertainties caused by Brexit".

"Our big problem is that we have no picture, no idea at all, what the British want", said German Manfred Weber, the head of the EPP Christian Democrat group in the European Parliament.

"I would have liked to have highlighted our economic record, and I think if we had focused on that we probably would have done better in the election than we did", Hammond told the BBC, echoing earlier comments to Reuters. That would nearly certainly involve accepting free movement, something that both May and Labour's leader, Jeremy Corbyn, have ruled out. "We keep hearing only what they don't want, but we don't have any picture of what future relations will look like".

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

The negotiations kick off in Brussels on Monday with Britain under pressure for stalling the talks and entering the negotiations without a working parliamentary majority fully in place.

"I look forward to beginning work on that new future".

FILE - In this April 3, 2017 file photo, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, right, speaks with the United Kingdom permanent representative to the EU, Tim Barrow, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg.

The arch-federalist former Belgian PM, who this year published a book calling on EU states to forge "a more flawless Union", warned last week Britain could lose its rebate and opt-outs if it changes its mind and decides to stay.

"We want both sides to emerge strong and prosperous, capable of projecting our shared European values, leading in the world, and demonstrating our resolve to protect the security of our citizens".

The Prime Minister's legacy will be defined by whether she makes good on her promise to make a success of Brexit. "And we want to try to solve the hard things as well as possible".


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