EU, Britain agree on timetable for Brexit talks

Posted June 25, 2017

"With the Brexit negotiations starting this week, there is still little clarity on the immigration system that the United Kingdom will adopt after Brexit".

"I would like us to get a good agreement that is in both sides' interests. We will do everything to ensure that - as has been successfully done so far - the 27 states stick together". We also agreed on how we will structure our talks.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will outline on Thursday her approach to the "hugely important issue" of reassuring European Union expatriates about their futures in Britain at a dinner for European Union leaders in Brussels on Thursday night.

European stocks rose on Monday, partly on optimism about the talks actually getting underway after months of sniping and uncertainty, analysts said.

It announced in a separate statement that Parliament would sit for two years instead of the usual one to give MPs enough time to fully consider the laws required to make Britain ready for Brexit.

"My 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 into negotiations", he said.

The chairman of an EU summit says European leaders have agreed to crack down on online extremism and deepen efforts against European fighters joining extremists overseas.

The association represents 3,200 businesses with a million employees in Germany making industrial machinery.

For his part, Davis said that his team aimed to maintain a "positive and constructive tone" during the talks.

The UK has also dismissed an ultimatum by the European Union to pay a "divorce bill" of around £60 billion before sitting at the negotiating table.

The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier said: "We are talking about orderly withdrawal first and that makes sense". He said that the other European Union countries have a united position but the British are "in chaos".

May will also aim to show that while still a member of the EU, Britain will contribute to other summit discussions, pressing for more action to encourage social media companies to clamp down on internet extremism and for the EU to roll over sanctions against Russian Federation over the Ukraine crisis. They should finally tell us what the aim is.

When Britain voted to leave the European Union a year ago, proponents argued Britain's economy was being held back by the slow-growing, dysfunctional bloc. "We keep hearing only what they don't want, but we don't have any picture of what future relations will look like". But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he hoped leaders of the other 27 European Union nations would offer "reciprocal, corresponding generosity" for the 1 million Britons living in Europe.

The negotiations kick off in Brussels on Monday with Britain under pressure for stalling the talks and entering the negotiations without a working parliamentary majority fully in place. And there was much missing from an outline offer which the British previously called "generous".

"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 a separate meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who earlier said she wanted "far-reaching guarantees", described giving full rights to those in Britain for five years as "a good start" but said many questions remained.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has immediately countered the suggestion of European Council President Donald Tusk that the door for Britain to stay in the EU is still slightly ajar.