Divorce bill focus of Brexit talks on Monday

Divorce bill focus of Brexit talks on Monday

Divorce bill focus of Brexit talks on Monday

Brexit negotiators will discuss Monday Britain's financial obligations to the European Union as the long, complicated and potentially perilous process of the United Kingdom leaving the bloc finally gets underway.

He also reiterated the Conservatives' commitment to reducing annual immigration to the tens of thousands, a target the government has missed for years and which is inconsistent with a Norway-style deal.

The Chancellor was barely visible during the disastrous seven week campaign, and was expected to be sacked had Theresa May won the large majority she was anticipating.

Ruth Davison, the Scottish Tory party leader, is another prominent soft Brexiteer.

Having lost a majority in parliament, May is in talks with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to secure the support of its 10 lawmakers to win any kind of vote, including on the pieces of legislation needed to enact Britain's divorce from the EU.

Prime Minister Theresa May's government has bowed to European Union demands to focus the initial stage of Brexit talks on the terms of the U.K.'s departure rather than trying to arrange a future trade relationship at the same time, according to two EU officials with knowledge of the preparations.

The Times also reported that party members who had campaigned to keep Britain in the European Union were likely to have a candidate lined up to replace May, with interior minister Amber Rudd the likely option.

Many in Britain have seen the election result as repudiating May's threats to walk away without a deal.

If she waters down her exit strategy - as her predecessor, David Cameron, has urged her to consider - that could set off a rebellion from hard-line "leave" supporters, including David Davis, the Cabinet minister responsible for negotiating Britain's withdrawal, and the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson.

The talks, which kick off on Monday, will centre on Britain's divorce bill - which could be as high as £100billion - the status of expats and the Northern Irish border. Again, rather than impoverish its businesses, services and economy, European Union nationals are generally seen as vital to the 65-million-population country's well-being.

We now know that at precisely 11:00 BST on Monday morning, nearly exactly a year after the Brexit referendum, the all important exit negotiations will begin.

The prospect of Britain's continuing indefinitely in Europe's single market, which removes non-tariff barriers and helps trade in services, is less likely.

A spokesman for his Department for Exiting the European Union said Britain had been "crystal clear" about its approach. Severing its extremely complex and dense legal ties with the grouping it joined in 1973 will also require an unprecedented number of bills to be passed.

Oddly, while 21 months is a very short time for the Brexit negotiations, it could be extremely long in Britain's politics.

After a tumultuous week that pitched Britain into its deepest political crisis since the Brexit referendum a year ago, May's future was uncertain due to her botched gamble on a snap election and a muted response to a deadly fire in London. He holds a PhD in International Relations and researches and writes on a number of areas. The UK would seek a softer break from the EU, Rasmussen added.

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