European Union draft guidelines soften line on future United Kingdom relationship

Apr 14, 2017, 10:46
European Union draft guidelines soften line on future United Kingdom relationship

If leaders need unanimity, some could block trade talks.

In Germany, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said "we will hopefully come to this second step soon". Frans Timmermans, the vice president of the European Commission, said in Madrid Friday: "These people shouldn't suffer because of Brexit". The legislation will cover major issues such as immigration and ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, as well as more technical matters such as who will regulate British banks, airlines and chemical companies.

The letter, signed by Prime Minister Theresa May, suggested that a failure to reach a Brexit deal "would mean our cooperation in the fight against crime and terrorism would be weakened".

"One part of the deal is the justice and home affairs strand which we now have arrangements for exchanging information, for arrest warrants, Europol - we'll need to replace that with something else, that will go when we leave the European Union".

With the two-year clock ticking on Britain's departure from the European Union, Spanish nurse Joan Pons and millions of other EU citizens living in the United Kingdom are facing an uncertain future.

The official said that "even with the best of efforts, it will not be possible to negotiate all those details" in two years.

European Union negotiators have said the transition may extend beyond the two-year timeframe outlined in the European Union exit process because of the myriad details of trade and other aspects of the divorce.

Britain should not expect a "UK rebate" from the European Union in talks over its exit from the bloc, Germany's foreign minister said Thursday, in reference to a budget discount won by then-PM Margaret Thatcher.

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Johnson, speaking in Brussels upon arrival for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting Friday, said he has had good feedback from partners since Wednesday's British announcement, despite worries on both sides of the Channel about Brexit.

"We really are moving forward now".

Now that British Prime Minister Theresa May has formally notified the bloc of the UK's intention to leave, European Union officials yesterday began outlining their plans for the negotiations.

"It's not a threat", Brexit minister David Davis told BBC radio after warnings from Brussels against using security as a bargaining chip in the talks. It says rights acquired before a cutoff on the day Brexit takes effect should be retained. Tusk's strategy will now be sent out to the leaders of the 27 remaining European Union countries ahead of a special summit on April 29 when they will agree on them so that talks can start in May.

Mr Davis said it was a "negotiation" and "the other side might want to change things too".

"It will also ensure we deliver on our promise to end the supremacy of European Union law in the United Kingdom as we exit", Davis said.

"The European Council will monitor progress closely and determine when sufficient progress has been achieved to allow negotiations to proceed to the next phase" on a future relationship", the draft guidelines say.

He also said the European Union would seek "flexible and creative solutions" to avoid the creation of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Britain's only land border with the EU.