Brexit talks oficially kick off as United Kingdom hopes for 'happy resolution'

Brexit talks oficially kick off as United Kingdom hopes for 'happy resolution'

Brexit talks oficially kick off as United Kingdom hopes for 'happy resolution'

Speaking in Brussels, Brexit Minister David Davis said London wanted a "new, deep and special partnership" in the interest of Britons and all Europeans. "I hope today we can identify priorities and the timetable that would allow me to report to the European council later this week that we had a constructive start".

Mr Davis - who earlier said that he was hoping to negotiate a "deal like no other in history" - said that the United Kingdom was looking for "a new, deep and special partnership with the EU".

The British team includes the permanent secretary at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) Olly Robbins; Phillip Rycroft, the department's second permanent secretary; and Simon Case, the newly appointed director-general of the UK-EU Partnership.

"I think the whole process will lead to a happy resolution which can be done with honour and profit to both sides", Johnson said as he went into an European Union foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg.

Johnson, who has previously described the estimated bills emerging from Brussels as "absurd", said: "I think the whole thing, the whole process, will lead to a happy resolution that I think can be done with profit and with honour for both side and that's what we're aiming for".

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An early election this month, in which British Prime Minister Theresa May lost her Conservative majority in parliament, only added to the problems.

Britain appears to have given in on the EU's insistence that talks first focus on three key divorce issues, before moving onto the future EU-UK relationship and a possible trade deal.

Negotiations on Brexit must be completed before March 2019. We have come together to urge the government to put the economy first as it prepares to start formal negotiations, ' the letter noted.

And the poll also suggested that the British public didn't support the Prime Minister's policy of taking no deal from the European Union rather than a bad deal.

Anxious by immigration and loss of sovereignty, Britain voted previous year to end its four-decades-old membership of the 28-country bloc - the first state ever to do so - in a shock referendum result.

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The European Union's Michel Barnier said he hoped the talks, starting nearly a year to the day after a British referendum vote to leave the EU, would establish a timetable for the negotiations.

The European Commission released a statement at the time saying discussions would focus on "issues related to citizens' rights, the financial settlement, the Northern Irish border and other separation issues, as part of the sequenced approach to the talks".

While "Brexiteers" like Davis have strongly backed May's proposed clean break with the single market and customs union, finance minister Philip Hammond and others have this month echoed calls by businesses for less of a "hard Brexit" and retaining closer customs ties.

Chancellor Phillip Hammond suggested on Sunday a less aggressive tone should be taken in negotiations, indicating that "transactional structures" would be needed to help smooth the process and that "we need to get there via a slope, not via a cliff edge".

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But a deadly fire at a tower block in London could delay the announcement of any deal, BBC political reporter Norman Smith said. Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein said the prospect of a British agreement with the DUP was causing anxiety and fear.

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