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Brexit Talks Begin With Tight Schedule Set and Divorce-Bill Disagreement

20 June 2017

The EU said it was also looking for a good compromise. And just over a month ago, Mr Davis said dealing with the issue of how the talks would unfold would be the "row of the summer".

After ten months of planning, Davis will meet with the EU's Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier to agree the structure of the negotiations ahead, so officials have a framework within which to discuss substantive issues.

"The other is the determination to maintain an, as near as possible, invisible border so we do not undermine the peace process, do not provide any cause for concern in Northern Ireland". Before the Tories' election debacle, the Brexit secretary threatened to play hardball with Brussels, vowing to resist the EU's timetable of deferring trade talks until after progress was made on the divorce. He said he views the talks with "informed optimism".

Last month, Mr Davis vowed to wage the "row of the summer" to secure immediate talks on a free trade agreement - predicting an early collapse if the European Union refused to give way.

The Mechanical Engineering Industry Association, known by its German initials VDMA, says that that goal of the two-year negotiating process is "damage limitation" because Brexit won't benefit either side.

Theresa May said political unity was integral for Britain to exit from the EU. Such firms sold 7.3 billion euros ($8.2 billion) worth of goods to customers in Britain a year ago, their fourth-biggest market.

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United Kingdom negotiator David Davis and the EU's Barnier have one key issue over the first weeks of talks: building trust after months of haggling over leaks and figures over the final bill that Britain would have to pay for leaving.

Barnier said: "I hope that today we can identify priorites and a time table that would allow me to report to the European Council later this week that we had a constructive opening of negotiations".

"Today we agreed on dates, we agreed on organisation and we agreed on priorities for negotiations", he said after the talks at the European Commission in Brussels.

On the other side, May says she wants a deal on the rights of the million British expatriates in the European Union, and continues to insist that her Brexit plan remains unchanged despite recent events.

A problem for British negotiators is to resolve what trade relationship they want.

The mood was "incredibly positive" on the first day of Brexit talks between the two sides and they acknowledged that it was time to move quickly, a British source said.

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Still, Johnson called on people to look at the more distant future.

"While there is a long road ahead, our destination is clear - a deep and special partnership between the United Kingdom and the EU".

Despite Theresa May wanting parallel talks on a new trade deal while negotiating the "divorce", this would have to wait until later, the European Union said.

And the letter sent by Prime Minister Theresa May to the European Union triggering Article 50 in March had said: "We believe it is necessary to agree the terms of our future partnership alongside those of our withdrawal from the European Union".

Roth said that "Brexit is a very, very hard operation" and there's only a bit over a year to negotiate it.

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Brexit Talks Begin With Tight Schedule Set and Divorce-Bill Disagreement