Brexit talks start as war breaks out among United Kingdom ministers

17 July, 2017, 20:35 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May smiles before a meeting with Spain's King Felipe in 10 Downing Street in central London

Britain and the European Union (EU) launch a new round of Brexit negotiations here on Monday as conflicting views on "divorce" terms cast shadow on the resumption of talks and a feasible deal seems rather hard to reach for now.

Barnier and Davis declined further comment, but the European Union envoy said they would brief the media Thursday.

The talks are taking place against a backdrop of increasingly bitter and public feuding among United Kingdom ministers over the Government's Brexit strategy. "Protecting the rights of all our citizens is the priority for me going into this round, and I'm clear that it's something we must make real progress on".

At the weekend Chancellor Philip Hammond angrily accused Cabinet rivals of trying to undermine his agenda for a "softer" business-friendly exit, prioritising jobs and the economy.

European officials have said the British proposal to give EU citizens "settled status" does not go far enough.

But one unnamed Cabinet minister was reported have hit back, claiming Mr Hammond was part of an attempt by "the Establishment" to prevent Britain ever leaving the EU.

"We made a good start last month, and this week we'll be getting into the real substance", Davis said on July 16.

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These talks focus on Britain's arrangements to leave the EU.

Conservative Philip Hollobone echoed with Johnson, saying that since Britain joined the European Union in 1973 until the date it leaves, the country will have given the European Union and its predecessors, in today's money in real terms, a total of 209 billion pounds (270 billion USA dollars).

But in London there was fresh turmoil as weakened Prime Minister Theresa May prepared to urge her warring ministers to end damaging leaks against each other over Brexit.

Davis and his European counterpart, Michel Barnier, will spend the next four days identifying issues on which the two sides don't see eye-to-eye.

While Mr Barnier will hold a press conference at the close of talks on Thursday, Mr Davis' team has yet to confirm whether the minister will join him. The EU remains uncertain about whether British negotiators will be able to conclude an agreement, amid deep political divides in the government on Brexit.

Progress on citizens' rights is one of the three main issues that have to be resolved before the two sides can start talking about a wide-ranging free trade deal, the others being the bill Britain has to pay to meet existing commitments and the border issue in Ireland.

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