Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

'There should be no doubt' that United Kingdom will leave EU: Brexit minister

'There should be no doubt' that United Kingdom will leave EU: Brexit minister

Because things can change quickly and drastically, as evidenced by many unpredictable turns and twists since the Brexit vote in June previous year, including the recent snap election and its unanticipated result, it may be wise not to rule out anything.

Ahead of the talks, the Department for Exiting the European Union had let it be known that Davis was planning to make a "very generous offer" on the issue of European Union citizens living in Britain. I think they are ready with it, but whether they are politically ready to do it I don't know.

Foster said talks with May would continue into next week.

But EU officials have warned her off trying to do this at an EU summit this Thursday, saying it is too soon.

Besides forging a deal to keep her job and preparing for Brexit talks, May is also grappling with a crisis over the breakdown in power-sharing between the pro-British DUP and the Catholic nationalist Sinn Fein party in Northern Ireland's separate, devolved government.

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May said those living in similar high-rises "also want answers" and ordered local authorities to complete urgent safety checks. Mr Khan also said an inquiry should be properly resourced so it can get the full truth about the fire as quickly as possible.

Adding to what Queen Elizabeth II called the "sombre national mood" have been three terrorist attacks in three months and a fire in a London tower block in which 58 people are presumed dead.

Meanwhile a separate row erupted with Brussels, after the Brexit department strenuously denied reports it will settle a multi-billion pound "divorce bill" before starting talks on future trade deal with the EU.

"We want to see a Brexit that works for everybody, not just in Northern Ireland from my perspective but in the Republic of Ireland as well, so it is about a sensible Brexit", Foster told reporters in Dublin.

Her finance minister said at an European Union meeting on Friday that a Brexit deal should put jobs and prosperity first.

Speaking to the country's members of Parliament on the day she formally launched the Brexit process, May called it "a historic moment from which there can be no turning back" and unequivocally stated that "Britain is leaving the European Union".

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June 19 Brexit Secretary David Davis and European Commission chief negotiator Michel Barnier open negotiations in Brussels.

What is more, given the complexity and complication of the Brexit talks, May's lack of authority after the damaging election, and having already needlessly wasted about one-eighth of the precious time available for the talks on the unnecessary election, it is now even more hard, if not impossible, for her to reach an acceptable soft Brexit deal with the European Union and get it approved (by Britain's Parliament and possibly its voters) before March 2019.

"Our view is that withdrawal agreement and terms of the future relationship must be agreed alongside each other", said the spokesman.

"We believe that the withdrawal process can not be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account". "The withdrawal and future are intimately linked".

Spin from sources close to Mr Davis over the weekend suggests that he is willing to make "major" concessions in accepting that timeframe on Monday, and in accepting that the initial discussions will not come up with a financial settlement but a means of calculating it - positions that have been widely acknowledged informally in Brussels for some time although the British had soken bublicly of their hope that the talks would be simultaneous, in parallel.

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