Britain and European Union 'get to work' on Brexit

Posted July 18, 2017

Following this, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the European Union can "go whistle" if they expect a hefty divorce bill from Britain, to which Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, replied by saying he couldn't hear any whistling, but could hear "the clock ticking".

"Now it's time to get down to work and make this a successful negotiation", Davis told reporters as Barnier welcomed him to the headquarters of the European Commission.

On June 23 previous year, 52 percent of Britons voted in favour of the exit from European Union, ending four decades of membership of the continental fold.

Mr Grayling said the suggestion that there were "profound and fundamental differences" between Cabinet ministers on Brexit were "a bit exaggerated", but admitted: "We're not a group of clones, we have discussions around the Cabinet table and outside Cabinet, we debate issues, we decide what's right and then we get on with it".

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UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis gives a statement at the start of a first full round of talks on Britain's divorce terms from the European Union, in Brussels, Belgium July 17, 2017.

Dozens of officials from both sides are involved, some shuttling among meeting rooms scattered over almost half the floors of the European Commission's 13-storey Berlaymont headquarters, fuelled, one said, by EU coffee and biscuits.

"The first serious test of the negotiations will be them agreeing to pay the bill", a senior European Union official said - the coming week is a vital moment to establish rapport among the senior civil servants who will handle what is arguably the most convoluted and far-reaching diplomatic deal of modern times.

The Brexit Secretary is hoping to win round Michel Barnier over Britain's plan to guarantee the future rights of European nationals living in the United Kingdom amid deep divisions back home. Electoral setbacks for anti-EU parties and the arrival of the Europhile Emmanuel Macron as French president have lifted their mood. The senior Conservative is in the second round of talks with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

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"I think it undermines the position of the government in this massive negotiation we've got".

Hammond himself acknowledged that ministers were divided on other elements of Brexit.

"There will have to be a transition period because you can't negotiate this agreement and implement it in two years".

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