Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis said the country wanted to strike “a deal like no other in history” as formal talks on quitting the European Union were set to begin in Brussels on Monday.
Barnier hailed that the first session was “important”, “open”, and “useful indeed to start off on the right foot as the clock is ticking”.
“As we also said in our Article 50 letter, “agreeing a high-level approach to the issues arising from our withdrawal will of course be an early priority”.
The EU had long insisted that trade talks could not begin until there was an outline of the order of divorce: the Brexit bill, EU citizens’ rights and the Irish border.
The preparatory groups will report to chief negotiators, on the table, each negotiating week.
“We believe it is necessary to agree the terms of our future partnership alongside those of our withdrawal from the European Union“.
Davis and Barnier will hold a press conference later on Monday.
Britain’s Boris Johnson said that he looked forward to “a happy revolution” in relations that would be good for Britain and the rest of Europe, pointing out that the most important thing for both sides is to think about their new partnership, the deep and special partnership that the United Kingdom wants to build with their friends.
“We will be fighting for all of these issues and for a final say when the talks are resolved”.
“So we have got a very sensitive political context, a very clear objective which is to preserve all the dimensions of the Good Friday Agreement and we have an bad lot of work to do – bilaterally, and also in coordination with the Dublin government on my side, so that we come up with imaginative and concrete solutions along the lines I have described, particularly taking into account the single market”.
Echoing Barnier, British Brexit minister David Davis applauded the “very productive discussions”, saying, “I’ve been encouraged by the constructive approach that both sides have taken”. But a government spokesman in London said, “We believe that the withdrawal process can not be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account”.
Davis said Prime Minister May will also set out at an EU summit on Thursday her proposals for the rights of the three million EU nationals living in Britain, and one million Britons in the EU, with the British government to publish a detailed offer next Monday.
“Michel and I will meet every four weeks bringing our teams together for a number of days at a time“.
She added: “I hope that we will reach a good agreement”.
Almost a year to the day since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, the process of Brexit finally begins on Monday.
Regarding the future relationship with the European Union, the secretary said that Britain hasn’t changed its position despite the Conservative majority was wiped out after the snap election on June 8.
May’s election debacle has revived feuding over Europe among Conservatives that her predecessor David Cameron hoped to end by calling the referendum and leaves European Union leaders unclear on her plan for a “global Britain” which a lot of them regard as pure folly.
Britain’s finance minister said on June 16 that protecting jobs and the economy should be the main focus in upcoming discussions over the country’s exit from the European Union.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Sunday’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper that “maybe there is now a chance to achieve a so-called “soft Brexit.’” But he said staying in the single market would require Britain to accept European Union workers” freedom of movement.