Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

EU citizens to register in post-Brexit UK residency scheme -Guardian

EU citizens to register in post-Brexit UK residency scheme -Guardian

A fair deal for both sides was possible, he said.

Brexit negotiations kicked off on Monday with Brexit Secretary David Davis meeting the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Brussels.

Brexit secretary David Davis agreed to drop earlier demands he made last week that trade talks should run in parallel with the divorce discussions, an issue that he had promised to turn into "the row of the summer".

Barnier said they wanted to agree on the "main principles of the key challenges of the UK's withdrawal as soon as possible", including Britain's exit bill, the rights of European Union citizens in Britain and the future of Northern Ireland. In a bid to curb the problems arising from uncontrolled immigration as well as the loss of sovereignty, Britain had voted to end its four decades-long membership of the 28-country bloc, the European Union in the previous year. "We also agree on how we structure our tools", Barnier said.

Davis said the talks were off to a "promising start" and denied that Britain had caved in on the sequencing of the talks.

Mr Davis said Britain's negotiating position had not changed as a result of his Conservative Party's poor showing in recent elections.

He claimed a comprehensive free trade agreement was the key to achieving a "Brexit for Britain" and said it would require frictionless borders, where goods can flow freely.

Philip Hammond signalled a major stepchange in the Government's approach to Brexit that will put "jobs and prosperity first" as he sought to reassure business leaders during a keynote speech.

Johnson said that while there would be "lots of discussions about the nature of the deal, about money and so on, the most important thing is to raise our eyes to the future".

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"That's why we will work all the time with the United Kingdom and never against the UK".

Germany's deputy foreign minister, Michael Roth, told RBB Inforadio that "we must of course protect our interests as the European Union 27 but naturally we also don't want to punish Britain".

Talks were "very constructive", however the European Union warned "the clock is ticking".

"The risk of the exit negotiations with Britain is that we do not take adequate care of our own future".

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday urged the EU's remaining 27 members to stick together during the Brexit talks.

"I would like us to get a good agreement that is in both sides' interests".

"We must push for a new phase of globalisation to ensure that it delivers clear benefits for ordinary working people in developed economies".

Macron, a committed pro-EU leader and ally of Merkel, also easily won French legislative elections on Sunday, cementing his power base.

Talks around Ireland's future relationship with Northern Ireland will be held separately.

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