UK Sees 'Happy' Brexit Outcome For Both Sides

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

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.

A statement from the department said Davis will lead a team of negotiators to Brussels "confident that he can get a positive outcome and secure a new deep and special partnership with the EU" and that he will also set out "a bold vision for the UK's future after it leaves the EU".

The BBC has been told by European Union sources that the talks will follow the EU's preferred pattern of exit negotiations first, with the future relations between the two sides - including the free trade deal the United Kingdom is seeking - at a later date.

"There is more that unites us than divides us", Davis said, referring to the latest reported terror attack overnight in London and the loss of lives in forest fires in Portugal.

"Britain says it will approach the talks in good faith". At a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg he said: "The most important thing for us is to look to the horizon, raise our eyes to the horizon".

He quoted the founder of the trading bloc that later became the European Union, Jean Monnet, as saying: "I am neither optimistic nor pessimistic".

Britain starts formal talks to leave the European Union on Monday, seeking a deal "like no other in history" despite entering fiendishly hard negotiations with a badly weakened government.

Such is the collapse of May's authority that her entire Brexit strategy is being picked apart in public by her ministers, her lawmakers and her allies on the eve of formal negotiations which begin in Brussels on Monday at 0900 GMT.

Other officials around the table include Glyn Williams, director-general at the Home Office, who will bring his expertise on immigration issues, and Catherine Webb, a former treasury official, who is director of Market Access at DExEU.

Davis and Bernier will be meeting monthly from now on, so it's only right the two men get to know each other properly.

Mrs May stressed the importance of Brexit negotiations as she was quizzed about ongoing pressure over her leadership following a disastrous election and criticism of her response to the Grenfell Tower disaster. "But we want to keep the door open for the British".

"The best way we can spend this week is to rebuild trust", another European source said.

A spokesman for the Department for Exiting the European Union said: "We believe that the withdrawal process can not be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account". At the same time, Starmer criticized Mr May, speaking to the BBC, for the crisis he has caused by not obtaining, as he wanted to advance the general election, a strong and stable mandate. Finally, another crunch issue for the talks this summer is the border in Ireland between north and south, which will particularly exercise the government as it continues to work with the DUP.

Those issues are Britain's exit bill, estimated by Brussels at around 100 billion euros ($112 billion), the rights of three million European Union nationals living in Britain and one million Britons on the continent, and the status of the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Britain will be the first country to ever depart the EU.

Mr Davis denied suggestions the agreed timetable showed Britain's "weakness" and insisted it is "completely consistent" with the Government's aim of parallel trade and exit talks. The EU says other key divorce issues must be settled first.

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