Britain, EU to begin Brexit negotiations on Monday

  • Britain, EU to begin Brexit negotiations on Monday

Britain, EU to begin Brexit negotiations on Monday

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michael Barnier and the UK's Brexit minister, David Davis, will meet in Brussels on Monday (19 June), kicking off negotiations likely to take nearly two years.

The Queen's Speech, a formal ceremony during which the queen reads out the government's plans for the new legislation term, will be held Wednesday.

The UK has agreed to sort out its European Union "divorce bill" and citizens' residence rights before starting Brexit trade talks, European Union sources have told the BBC.

While British Prime Minister Theresa May insists she will follow the results of last year's Brexit referendum, her disastrous showing in elections last week has raised fresh questions about how - and if - Britain will leave the bloc. A second round of talks is scheduled for 17 July and the whole process should be completed by April 2019, though it can be extended if all 27 European Union countries agree.

Brexit talks start Monday without clarity on what the exact nature of the UK's departure from Europe will be. The current uncertainty can not continue.

But the UK Government has said it wants the talks to take place in parallel during the Brexit process.

The other 27 countries who make up the European Union have always said no to that and that the past needs to be sorted out before the future.

The negotiators aim to wrap up a deal by the end of 2018 so that it can be ratified by the European and British parliaments before the United Kingdom leaves the bloc in March 2019.

Other EU governments will be happy to let Britain keep trade open as it would limit the hit to their own economies, officials told Reuters, though they are not ready to ease conditions that May would struggle to sell to her party's Brexit hardliners.

According to the BBC, however, May's former leadership rival and newly-appointed Environment Secretary Michael Gove has dismissed calls for the government to change its Brexit stance.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on the European Union to issue a broad reciprocal guarantee of rights for British expatriates living in the European Union after Brexit.

"We believe that the withdrawal process can not be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account", the spokesman said.

"Our view is that a withdrawal agreement and terms of the future relationship must be agreed alongside each other", the department said in a statement Friday.

Mr Hammond said: "My clear view, and I believe the view of the majority of people in Britain, is that we should prioritise protecting jobs, protecting economic growth, protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations and take them forward".