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UK, EU begin Brexit talks

UK, EU begin Brexit talks”

It also would have to accept the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, "or at least a joint court that is staffed by Europeans and Britons" and in principle follows the ECJ's rulings, Gabriel said.

Mr Barnier spoke at a press conference after the first day's talks to confirm that settling priority issues would build "trust on which to negotiate a new relationship".

The Brexit timetable and negotiation plan has been announced by the lead negotiators.

"My very first words are to express my deep sympathies to the British people as you face tragic events, just as I want to express our solidarity to the Portuguese people", Barnier said, before turning to welcome his British counterpart. "But we want to keep the door open for the British".

For the officials sitting down on Monday, at least on the European Union side, a major worry is Britain crashing out into a limbo, with no deal.

The two chief negotiators, Michel Barnier of the European Union and David Davis from Britain, immediately set off to find common ground in their working relationship, an important touchstone to see how amicable the biggest political divorce in decades will become.

"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.

An increasingly concerned European Union has been pushing London to hurry up, with time running out for a deal and three months already passed since May triggered the two-year Article 50 European Union exit process.

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The European Commission released a statement at the time saying discussions would focus on "issues related to citizens' rights, the financial settlement, the Northern Irish border and other separation issues, as part of the sequenced approach to the talks".

There will be a "two-phased" negotiation, with divorce terms to be set first before talks on future trade relations.

The EU says Britain can't leave without settling its bill, paying up for all its commitments that are still ongoing, including projects that might reach into the next decade, as well as the U.K.'s share of EU staff pensions.

Once agreement has been made in this phase of the talks, the second phase discussing the future trade relationship can begin. While Brexit is not on the agenda, she is expected to rub shoulders with other European Union leaders, providing her opportunities to discuss the U.K.'s impending departure. "In the long run, this will be good for the United Kingdom and good for the rest of Europe".

"We're leaving the EU and because we are leaving the EU, we will be leaving the single market and by the way, we will be leaving the customs union".

Therefore, it's better to try to implement Brexit with as little trade disruption as possible and to avoid a "cliff-edge" or chaotic event.

U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said on Sunday he wanted a "jobs first" Brexit - a hint that he believes economic concerns should be prioritized over the political demand to cut immigration from the EU.

"Michel and I will meet every four weeks bringing our teams together for a number of days at a time".



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