Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

'Constructive' Brexit talks get off to a shaky start for David Davis


London agreed that "English and French will be used as working language". Both sides want transparency to be the default.

Mr Davis, the Brexit Secretary, said it could take "until the end of the process" to resolve the issue, because it will be tied in with the trade and customs deals the United Kingdom is able to strike with Brussels.

Perhaps more important, they begin just 10 days after a humbling election setback revived divisions within May's government on what kind of relationship it wants with the EU.

Frenchman Barnier struck a firm tone as he said the timetable for Britain's divorce after four troubled decades of membership made sense.

Despite Theresa May wanting parallel talks on a new trade deal while negotiating the "divorce", this would have to wait until later, the European Union said.

On day one of the negotiations, Prime Minister Theresa May's government gave in to European Union demands to discuss the terms of its divorce - including the exit fee - before any consideration can begin on the future trade deal Britain wants with Europe's common market.

The who, what and when of Brexit negotiations
Working groups will discuss aspects of the negotiations in the afternoon before a final meeting between Mr Davis and Mr Barnier. Mr Barnier said: "It's about reciprocity it's about continuity it's about non-discrimination and we started work on that today".


"That position hasn't changed, it's the same as it was before", said Davis, a tough-talking figure in the "Leave" campaign in last year's Brexit referendum.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Sunday's Welt am Sonntag newspaper that "maybe there is now a chance to achieve a so-called "soft Brexit.'" But he said staying in the single market would require Britain to accept European Union workers" freedom of movement.

Anxious by immigration and loss of sovereignty, Britons voted last June to become the first nation ever to leave the 28-nation EU.

Earlier, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that negotiations would be beneficial for both sides. They will use the time in between to work on proposals and exchange them.

Davis said she will tell them about plans to guarantee rights for some 3 million European Union citizens in Britain under a proposal to be made next week.

Reports in British newspapers this month said May would make a "big generous offer".

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If the fight over Britain's departure from Europe promises to be a political tug-of-war of the highest order, the first day of Brexit negotiations did not go well for the United Kingdom.

As Europe grows more confident in its future after the election victory in France of pro-EU President Emmanuel Macron and the growing assurance from German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she will be re-elected in September, analysts say there may be fewer reasons for Europe to compromise.

"There will be no austerity on my side, I will display a constructive attitude firmly based on interests and support of the (EU) 27, and I will all the time seek to the continued support of the European Parliament", he said.

Rob Johnston, chief executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, said: "We called last week for the major parties to put aside their differences and work together to establish a common negotiating position on Brexit". In the economic field, May is in favor of giving certainty and guarantees to companies on both sides in the United Kingdom and the European Union, as it considers that they would benefit from a period of implementation that allows a smooth and orderly adjustment to the new provisions.

The bloc insists on making "sufficient progress" on all three issues before discussing a future trade deal with the UK.

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