Finally, Britain kicks off Brexit negotiations with EU

Jay Anderson
June 19, 2017

But the situation is very different from 12 months ago when the Brexiteers were riding high, with Prime Minister Theresa May's entire approach called into question after a disastrous election performance on June 8. The UK is unable to sign such deals while it remains a member of the European Union but can explore options and develop ties.

Brexit Secretary David Davis will call for "a deal like no other in history" as he heads into talks with the EU.

If the United Kingdom opts for a Brexit in which it leaves the Single Market and the Customs Union, the Irish border would become a closed border unless negotiators can agree on creative solutions.

Other issues to be discussed include future arrangements on security co-operation and intelligence sharing once Britain is outside the structures of the EU.

Formal talks to agree a host of issues around the terms of the UK's departure from the bloc will begin on Monday, nearly a year to the day after the referendum vote to leave.

Both sides are still in disagreement over how exactly they will progress.

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.

It is also 82 days after Theresa May sent a letter formally notifying the European Council of Britain's intention to withdraw.

Britain and the European Union will strike a deal "like no other in history", Brexit Secretary David Davis will declare as talks get underway on Monday on the terms of the UK's departure.

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June 21 - The Queen's Speech sets out details of extensive UK Government legislation required to put Brexit into effect, expected to include a Great Repeal Bill bringing European Union laws and regulations onto the British statute book, as well as bills on issues including immigration and customs.

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Before moving onto the future EU-UK relationship and a possible trade deal, the talks will first focus on three key divorce issues, including Britain's exit bill, estimated by Brussels at around €100 billion, the rights of three million EU nationals living in Britain and one million Britons on the continent, and the status of the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. The Prime Minister will attend a two-day European Council summit in Brussels.

Today's talks however are likely to focus on the practical details of timings for the coming months, with the big, divisive issues left aside for now, officials said.

October 2018 - Mr Barnier hopes to be able to conclude withdrawal negotiations around this point, in order to allow time for them to be ratified before the end of the two-year Article 50 deadline.

However, the shock result and loss of a Conservative majority has reopened the debate over what sort of Brexit Britain wants.

The leader of Britain's House of Commons says the state opening of Parliament will take place on June 21.

Davis, who unlike May has long campaigned to leave the EU, will meet chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier, a former French minister, at the European Commission's Berlaymont headquarters at 11 a.m. (0900 GMT).

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