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Britain, EU launch Brexit talks in Brussels

Britain, EU launch Brexit talks in Brussels

Michel Barnier was speaking at the end of the first day of negotiations in Brussels with Brexit Secretary David Davis, who said he was "optimistic" of reaching a good deal.

David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, struck an optimistic note, declaring that he was entering negotiations over Britain's exit deal in a "positive and constructive" frame of mind.

Britain is due to leave the European Union at midnight Brussels time (11pm in the UK) on March 29 2019 - unless an extension is agreed by all 27 remaining member states - with or without an agreement.

"We must first tackle the uncertainties caused by Brexit", centering on citizens living on each other's territory, border arrangements between Ireland and the United Kingdom and the amount that Britain stands to pay to get out of its previous European Union commitments, Barnier said.

Negotiator for the EU, Michel Barnier, said he hoped the initial talks would focus on a timeline for the negotiations and priorities for it.

European Union negotiator Michel Barnier said the negotiations which should lead to a breakup by March 2019 "must first tackle the uncertainties caused by Brexit - first for citizens, but also for the beneficiaries of the European Union policies and for the impact on borders, in particular Ireland".

These include the thorny issues of Britain's estimated 100-billion-euro ($112 billion) exit bill, the rights of European Union citizens living in Britain, and the fate of the border in Northern Ireland.

Even though May triggered the two-year process on March 29, negotiators will have to get a full agreement much faster than March 2019.

The situation is very different from 12 months ago when the Brexiteers were riding high, with Prime Minister Theresa May's entire approach called into question after a disastrous election performance on June 8.

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"First, we will need a new process for establishing regulatory requirements for cross-border business between the United Kingdom and EU". 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". The Irish issue, long described as a priority for both, will be treated somewhat differently; avoiding a "hard border" will necessarily have to take account of how the rest of EU-UK trade will work.

The EU appear to have claimed the first victory of the talks.

He added that an orderly withdrawal was essential for both Britain and the EU.

The EU says it will not compromise on its core "four freedoms": free movement of goods, capital, services and workers.

"I look forward to beginning work on that new future today".

Still, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson remained upbeat Monday, saying he thinks the Brexit negotiations will yield "a happy resolution that can be done with profit and honour for both sides".

"No deal would be very, very bad outcome for Britain", Hammond said Sunday.

"It is at testing times like these that we are reminded of the values and the resolve we share with our closest allies in Europe".

Other official at the table included Glynn Williams - director general at the Home Office, Mark Bowman - director general, global finance at HM Treasury, Simon Case - director general, UK-EU partnership team, Alex Ellis - director general at the Department for Exiting the European Union, Jane Walker - aide to David Davis and Christian Jones - press secretary to David Davis.


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