Britain bows to EU Brexit talks timetable

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Davis, a veteran Eurosceptic, told Barnier that his team aimed to maintain a "positive and constructive tone" during the talks.

"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 those negotiations and take them forward", he said last week.

The Irish Border is one of the EU's top three priorities in the first phase of talks, along with citizens' rights and the UK's financial settlement. Britain, he insisted would avoid EU's attempts at time pressure "at every turn".

Brussels has vowed it will not begin trade talks until it is paid - but Theresa May has said they must start immediately and occur at the same time.

Davis, noting shared security threats for governments across Europe hours after a van rammed worshippers at a London mosque, said: "There is more that unites us than divides us. And so bridging between Churchill and Monnet I am certainly a determined optimist", he said.

Mr Hammond has said the United Kingdom should "prioritise protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity".

Mr Barnier's insistence on sticking to the EU's priorities for the negotiations comes after Mr Davis appeared to soften his stance on the schedule for the talks.

Even though May triggered the two-year process on March 29, negotiators will have to get a full agreement much faster than March 2019.

Brexit Secretary David Davis will call for "a deal like no other in history" as he heads into talks with the EU. An early election this month, in which British Prime Minister Theresa May lost her Conservative majority in parliament, only added to the problems.

But the United Kingdom gave ground by agreeing that talks on the country's future trading relationship with its largest export market would only take place when the European Union decides that sufficient progress has been made on the top three issues.

Mr Murray said it was "pie in the sky" to suggest that a trade and customs deal would secure the same access for to the European single market as EU membership.

Threats by Britain to walk away without a deal have also anxious European capitals.

The Mechanical Engineering Industry Association, known by its German initials VDMA, says that that goal of the two-year negotiating process is "damage limitation" because Brexit won't benefit either side.

Britain went from being one of the fastest-growing economies among the Group of Seven nations in 2016 to its slowest in early 2017 as the fall in the value of the pound after the Brexit referendum pushed up inflation and hit consumer spending.

"A fair deal is possible and far better than no deal", Barnier said at a press conference on Monday. As in any divorce, count on both sides to be picky in splitting the goods and dues. "It is not the other way around.So we each have to assume our responsibility and the consequences of our decision, and the consequences are substantial".

Regarding the future relationship with the EU, Davis said Britain has not changed its position, reiterating that Britain will leave the single market and the customs union, which is "the only way" to allow Britain to develop free trade agreements with non-EU countries.



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