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Talks on British exit from European Union begin in Brussels

Talks on British exit from European Union begin in Brussels”

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

Standing alongside the bloc's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, he said: "Thank you very much for that kind introduction".

United Kingdom negotiator David Davis and the EU's Barnier have one key issue over the first weeks of talks: building trust after months of haggling over leaks and figures over the final bill that Britain would have to pay for leaving. The other European Union countries have a united position, but the British are "in chaos", Weber added.

Elsewhere, Macron's party victory in the 2 round of the parliamentary elections provided little support for the Euro, with a poor turnout giving the LREM party 300 seats, fewer than had been anticipated, though still enough to deliver on campaign promises, which are not only pro-EU, but also considered pro-business.

Thursday/Friday: Theresa May attends European Union summit, but Brexit is only expected to feature on the margins.

In an interview with the Die Welt newspaper, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel offered what was essentially an invitation for the United Kingdom to change its mind. Some of her ministers want to refashion her strategy toward protecting trade with Britain's biggest market rather than continue to aim for her original goal of winning control of immigration and law-making. "And we want to try to solve the hard things as well as possible".

The EU says it will not compromise on its core "four freedoms": free movement of goods, capital, services and workers.

Barnier said there was agreement that the negotiators would first look at citizen's rights, the outstanding bill Britain must pay for previous European Union commitments and the Irish border issue. Many Brexiteers now agree - so let's calm the anxieties of business and settle it.

"It seems they still have not realised what this is all about", a senior European Union member state diplomat recently told EUobserver. Gabriel said. "Now there is a hard, even impossible situation without any clear majorities or negotiating strategy, he added".

Almost a year to the day since Britons shocked themselves and their neighbours by voting on 23 June to cut loose from their main trading partner, and nearly three months since Prime Minister Theresa May locked them into a two-year countdown to Brexit in March 2019, almost nothing about the future is clear.

But on Sunday, he also backed up May's approach, saying Britain would leave the single market and the customs union that sets external tariffs for goods imported into the bloc.

Britain's Brexit minister David Davis, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier, and their teams will start their meeting in Brussels at 11AM and will end the day with a press conference.

"There is more that unites us than divides us", he said, adding that Britain was looking for a "positive and constructive tone" in the talks.

"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 move backfired, May lost her Conservative majority in the vote and has been fending off critics of her leadership ever since. Brussels is also resisting British demands for immediate talks on a future free trade arrangement.

"With Scotland's economy, small and large businesses, key research facilities and around 80,000 jobs at risk, the Prime Minister must fully engage with the devolved administrations and with parliament in negotiations". But he also hinted that even should there be a British change of heart, there would be no return to the current status quo.

That source, and another in the Conservative party, said May's misjudged election gamble had undermined her authority, leaving her in the thrall of the two wings of her party that have differing views for Brexit - "purists" who want a clean break and "remainers" pressing for close ties.



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