And so it begins: Brexit talks to focus first on orderly exit

And so it begins: Brexit talks to focus first on orderly exit

Talks on Britain leaving the European Union began Monday with both sides saying they will focus first on an orderly withdrawal: a deal for citizens living in each other's territory, border arrangements between Ireland and the United Kingdom and the amount that Britain will pay to get out of previous EU commitments.

David Davis took a team of eight to Brussels to face the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

But the government still wants to negotiate its future trade relationship with the European Union "alongside" talks on the terms for Brexit.

"Today we agreed on dates, we agreed on organisation and we agreed on priorities for negotiations", he told a joint press conference with his British counterpart David Davis.

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

European Union leaders warned Britain could end up with a "brutal Brexit" because of Theresa May's weak government.

"We need back control of our borders, we will leave the single market and the customs union." he said.

Anxious by immigration and loss of sovereignty, Britons voted a year ago to end their country's four-decade membership in the 28-country bloc - the first nation ever to do so.

The vote came as a profound shock to Brussels against a backdrop of rising anti-EU sentiment, with many - including now US President Donald Trump - predicting the bloc's eventual break-up.

Ms May, whose future is uncertain after she lost her Conservative majority in an election this month, has insisted that trade talks start immediately and run in parallel.

Reuters reported that the two chief Brexit negotiators agreed that talks until October should focus on citizens' rights, a financial settlement and other separation issues, with a separate dialogue on Northern Ireland, a document showed.

The two sides agreed to hold four further monthly rounds of talks, with the next on July 17, on the key issues of Britain's divorce from the bloc. Davis said she will tell them about plans to guarantee rights for some 3 million European Union citizens in Britain under a proposal to be made next week.

It comes as Philip Hammond warned failing to secure a Brexit deal would be "very, very bad" for the country and insisted there must be transitional arrangements to avoid a "cliff edge".

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.

"The best way we can spend this week is to rebuild trust", rather than tackle the big hard issues right at the start, a European source said.

"I would like us to get a good agreement that is in both sides' interests. There is more that unites us than divides us".

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