Britain to Convene Two-Year Legislative Session to Tackle Brexit

Gladys Abbott
June 18, 2017

The UK's Brexit minister, David Davis, will open divorce talks in Brussels next week with an offer to allow the three million European Union citizens living in Britain the same rights that they have now, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

He wouldn't be drawn on whether he supported Britain's continued membership in the single market and said Prime Minister Theresa May's minority government will negotiate in a "pragmatic" manner, striving for a solution that works for both sides.

Those talks are dragging on as pressure mounts for a cross-party consensus on Brexit.

Summer Negotiations on the Brexit deal expected to continue in Brussels, with the Davis and Barnier teams meeting for one week in each month, before returning to base to report back and develop their positions.

As The Sun revealed today, ministers have also warned the PM she faces "our Passchendaele" of bitter trench warfare if she tries to push laws for a hard Brexit through the Commons having thrown away the Tories' majority.

They have also called for a final trade deal that will allow tariff-free goods to be traded between the United Kingdom and the EU. However, it seems unlikely he will be able to resist public comment on the Brexit process, which he has described as a "tragedy".

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Arriving for a meeting with his counterparts in the 28-country EU, Hammond said his "clear view and I believe the view of the majority of people in Britain is that we should prioritize protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations and take them forward".

While Britain's economy has shown unexpected resilience since the Brexit vote, there are signs of weakness.

The extent of Britain's exit bill needs to be decided, with the EU27 expected to seek tens of billions of euros they see as London's fair share of programmes to which it has committed.

"Everything must go through Barnier", said a third, underlining European Union strategy to keep talks technical for now.

That the British were ready to break negotiations down on the lines of priorities identified by Brussels implied, he said, a willingness to start a first phase of divorce talks before moving on next year to a second phase on the new free trade relationship May wants - a "sequencing" London has disputed.

European Union officials acknowledge that the agreements to be reached before Britain leaves in March 2019 can only be concluded as a whole package simultaneously but leaders have barred Barnier from talking about trade before he gets outline deals on the rights of expatriate citizens and how much Britain owes the EU.

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