US News Davis promises ‘special partnership’ as EU exit talks begin

17:05  19 june  2017
17:05  19 june  2017 Source:   The Financial Times

Davis promises ‘special partnership’ as EU exit talks begin

  Davis promises ‘special partnership’ as EU exit talks begin The UK’s Brexit secretary David Davis said that Britain has started its EU exit talks in a “positive and constructive” tone as formal negotiations over withdrawal begin in Brussels 12 months on from the referendum. Standing alongside Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, Mr Davis insisted the UK was “determined to build a strong and special partnership with our European allies and friends”.“There is more that unites us than divides us,” he said.

Brexit Secretary David Davis launched talks with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Brexit negotiations which could define the UK’s political and economic future have begun , with David Davis calling for a “new deep and special partnership ” between Britain and Brussels.

Brexit Secretary David Davis launched talks with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Brexit negotiations which could define the UK’s political and economic future have begun , with David Davis calling for a “new deep and special partnership ” between Britain and Brussels.

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The UK’s Brexit secretary David Davis said that Britain has started its EU exit talks in a “positive and constructive” tone as formal negotiations over withdrawal begin in Brussels 12 months on from the referendum.

Standing alongside Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, Mr Davis insisted the UK was “determined to build a strong and special partnership with our European allies and friends”.

“There is more that unites us than divides us,” he said. “While there will be undoubtedly challenging times ahead of us in the negotiations, we will do all that we can to ensure that we deliver a deal that works in the best interests of all citizens.”

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Brexit Secretary David Davis launched talks with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Brexit negotiations which could define the UK’s political and economic future have begun , with David Davis calling for a “new deep and special partnership ” between Britain and Brussels.

Mr Barnier said he hoped Monday’s meeting would allow him to “identify and prioritise” a timetable for the first batch of negotiating topics, which could then be presented to the leaders of the EU’s 27 remaining members at a European Council summit later this week.

“We must first tackle the uncertainties caused by Brexit, first for citizens, but also for the beneficiaries of EU policies, and for the impact on borders, in particular Ireland,” Mr Barnier said.

The two men are due to hold a press conference at the conclusion of talks this afternoon.

EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier, right, and British Secretary of State David Davis shake hands as they arrive at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday, June 19, 2017. Brexit negotiators will discuss Monday Britain's financial obligations to the European Union as the long, complicated and potentially perilous process of the U.K. leaving the bloc finally gets underway. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) © AP EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier, right, and British Secretary of State David Davis shake hands as they arrive at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday, June 19, 2017. Brexit negotiators will discuss Monday Britain's financial obligations to the European Union as the long, complicated and potentially perilous process of the U.K. leaving the bloc finally gets underway. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Earlier on Monday, Boris Johnson, UK foreign secretary, said the size of the UK’s exit bill would form an early part of the Brexit talks as he argued that determining the UK’s “new partnership” with the bloc will be the most important dimension of the negotiation.

“Obviously this is the first day of the talks on Brexit and I think the most important thing is we should all start — of course there’ll be lots of discussions about the nature of the deal we are going to do. But I think we should also enter on the discussion about money and so and so forth,” Mr Johnson said before talks with EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

Questioned about Mr Barnier’s suggestion that it could be October at the earliest before any talks on future UK-EU trading relationships, Mr Johnson said: “Well, 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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