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Top EU lawmaker says UK's aims a mystery

Top EU lawmaker says UK's aims a mystery

Brexit negotiators will discuss Monday Britain's financial obligations to the European Union as the long, complicated and potentially perilous process of the United Kingdom leaving the bloc finally gets underway.

"As I head to Brussels to open official talks to leave the EU, there should be no doubt - we are leaving the European Union, and delivering on that historic referendum result", Davis said in a statement.

When the European Union "decides we have made enough progress - their words - both sets of dialogues will continue, including free trade", he said. It could also refuse to start negotiations on a future trading relationship before exit terms are agreed.

"Now, the hard work begins", Davis said, adding he wanted a deal that worked for both sides.

Significant progress in talks on the budget and citizens' rights issue, as well as on issues around the new EU-UK land border in Ireland, would allow EU leaders to give Barnier a mandate by December to discuss a future, close relationship and, potentially, years of transition after 2019 to smooth its way.

At a press conference, Mr Davis was forced to concede that the talks would only move on to trade when the European Union decided "enough progress" had been made on its three priorities.

A "Brexit election" that left UK Prime Minister Theresa May without an overall majority has forced her into a precarious alliance with the far-right Democratic Unionist Party, who are deeply opposed to gay rights and abortion.

We need a transitional arrangement to get from where we are now to whatever future arrangements we agree with the EU.

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The EU says Britain must honour its contributions to the bloc's budget, which has already been agreed up to 2020, as well as commitments to development programmes for poorer member states.

Anxious by immigration and loss of sovereignty, Britain voted previous year to end its four-decades-old membership of the 28-country bloc - the first state ever to do so - in a shock referendum result.

Amid reports that May is set to make a "generous offer" on the rights of European Union citizens remaining in Britain, the source said London had been warned against doing so this week, on the grounds that it could drag up the thorny issue before talks had really got going. She even threatened to walk away from Europe without paying a hefty divorce bill or striking a new trade deal, under the mantra that "no deal is better than a bad deal".

It is expected talks will take place once a month in Brussels as they work through the issues to be resolved. The EU side has been suggesting it will be looking for a settlement of around £50 billion in respect of the UK's outstanding liabilities.

Days after a suggestion from French President Emmanuel Macron that Britain could still choose to remain, Davis said there would be no backtracking from Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to deliver on Brexit, for which Britons voted in a referendum nearly a year ago.

The two negotiators, who are certainly going to get to know each other well over the next two years, exchanged gifts to mark the occasion that reflected their mutual love of walking and mountaineering - Mr Barnier spent the weekend ahead of the meeting hiking in Savoie and brought his counterpart a fine, local, hand-carved walking stick.

The European Court of Justice is expected to rule on whether a deal must be approved by the parliaments of the individual member states, Theresa May has promised MPs at Westminster a vote, and finally there will be a vote of the European Parliament. If so, it could have to be ratified by up to 38 national and regional parliaments, with any of them effectively holding a veto.

The unprecedented negotiations come nearly exactly a year after Britons voted last June 23 to leave the EU. "That is why we are pushing ahead with negotiations on Monday".


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