Merkel rejects May's call for parallel talks on EU-UK ties

Cheryl Sanders
March 30, 2017

"We regret that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, but we are ready for the process that we now will have to follow", the European Council said in a statement. There is no reason to pretend this is a happy day. Today, I can say that we will remain determined and united also in the future during the hard negotiations ahead.

European Council president Donald Tusk earlier said the EU was "already missing" Britain, as political heavyweights in Europe declared it an "unhappy day". President Tusk will release the negotiating guidelines on Friday.

Today, Prime Minister Theresa May signed off on a letter expressing the UK's intention to leave the European Union under Article 50, officially triggering the two-year divorce process.

The U.K.is also expected to honor its financial commitments to the European Union until its membership formally comes to an end. "This is a historic moment from which there can be no turning back".

A woman protests against Brexit at the weekend.

'The big question now is whether Brexit has been fully factored in, ' Neil Wilson, senior market analyst at ETX Capital, said. "We know that we will lose influence over the rules that affect the European economy", she said.


"And yes, those European Union nationals who have made this country their home".

"However, we approach these talks constructively, respectfully, and in a spirit of honest co-operation".

"We were in the European Union for reasons of utility rather than emotion".

In her speech to UK Parliament, the Prime Minister will urge Britons divided by the referendum campaign to come together and ensure "we are no longer defined by the vote we cast, but by our determination to make a success of the result", according to extracts released on Tuesday evening.

Agreements or any extension to Article 50 will have to be approved by all 27 member states and will likely require ratification by national parliaments. The news comes nine months after the June referendum vote to decide whether or not the United Kingdom should stay or leave.

Now the Scotish parliament is calling for a vote on independence from Great Britain.


They had cake, and ate it, as they reflected on what Brexit could bring. Brussels has said the issue should be dealt with separately.

"We will act as one", he said, before closing on a poignant note.

But what was interesting is what Mrs May did not say.

Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn has condemned the "reckless and damaging" direction of Brexit, responding to May's statement in the House of Commons. The E.U. says Britain can't have free trade without free movement of people.

Meanwhile Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon branded Brexit a "reckless gamble" and said Scotland should be allowed to choose its own future once the terms of are clear.


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