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May's cabinet 'tearing itself apart' over European Union negotiation

17 July 2017, 08:37 | Colleen Roy

May's cabinet 'tearing itself apart' over European Union negotiation

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The European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator on Monday threatened to veto a plan by the British government on the status of EU nationals after Britain leaves the bloc, calling it a "damp squib". "Now it's time to get down to work and make this a successful negotiation". We'll now delve into the heart of the matter.

"We need to examine and compare our respective positions in order to make good progress", he said.

Over the weekend, Chancellor Philip Hammond angrily accused Cabinet rivals of trying to undermine his agenda for a "softer" business-friendly Brexit prioritising jobs and the economy.

The European Council President said it was "below expectations".

One unnamed Cabinet minister was reported to have hit back, claiming Mr Hammond was part of an attempt by "the Establishment" to prevent Britain ever leaving the EU.

In Brussels, Davis acknowledged it was "incredibly important" to make progress, "that we negotiate through this and identify the differences so that we can deal with them and identify the similarities so that we can reinforce them". Beyond these headline goals, they will discuss how to ensure a smooth transition on Brexit Day, a set of topics known as "other separation issues" where the ECJ looms large.




But most officials in Brussels believe Britain, for one, must be bluffing, since the legal limbo into which it would be pitched would be so damaging.

When Britain leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019, Brussels wants to ensure that individuals and companies do not fall into a legal black hole where goods in transit fail to reach their intended destination and ongoing British court cases at the ECJ can not conclude.

Davis and Barnier spent only a half-hour in negotiations Monday, and photographs from the talks featured bulging files of papers on Barnier's side of the table and little evidence on Davis'.

Asides from the exit bill, the four-day negotiation will focus on citizens' rights and the border in Northern Ireland, among other issues.

On Saturday, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said, however, that European Union leaders would be willing to change their rules on immigration and free movement to enable Britain to stay in the 28-nation trading and economic bloc.

And Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson then fanned the flames when he said Brussels could "go whistle" if it expected the United Kingdom to pay a hefty "divorce bill" in respect of its outstanding financial obligations.



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