And so it begins: Brexit talks to focus 1st on orderly exit

And so it begins: Brexit talks to focus 1st on orderly exit

Chief U.K. negotiator David Davis is meeting his European Union counterpart, former French foreign minister Michel Barnier, to grapple with a complex set of questions about the future of trade and migration, how much the country must pay to settle its bill with the bloc, and the rights of millions of citizens who have settled in Britain or Europe.

Davis and Barnier have one key issue over the first weeks of talks: building trust after months of haggling over leaks and figures over the final bill that Britain would have to pay for leaving.

Brexit Secretary David Davis arrived in Brussels to launch talks he hoped would produce a "new, deep and special partnership" with the EU.

While a member, the United Kingdom enjoyed free trade with the rest of bloc - a market that buys 44% of its exports and supplies 53% of its imports.

His tone was less confrontational than that of Prime Minister Theresa May, who repeatedly said no deal with the European Union was better than a bad deal before she was weakened by failing to win a parliamentary majority in an election this month.

The UK kicked off talks in Brussels with both sides agreeing a schedule for dialogue as they attempt to pave the way to Brexit.

"I can tell you, we are here wanting to find a deal, wanting to make the institutions work, wanting to deliver good public services, wanting to afford people their rights, wanting to deal with the issue of Brexit, but it has to be done on the basis of equality, respect and integrity in government", she said. British newspaper The Guardian newspaper labelled him "the old knuckleduster leading Britain out of the European Union".

Other official at the table included Glynn Williams - director general at the Home Office, Mark Bowman - director general, global finance at HM Treasury, Simon Case - director general, UK-EU partnership team, Alex Ellis - director general at the Department for Exiting the European Union, Jane Walker - aide to David Davis and Christian Jones - press secretary to David Davis.

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The opposition parties apart from seeking a CBI probe have also asked for a fresh Vote of Confidence in the assembly. Stalin was accompanied by party legislators, including senior leader Durai Murugan.

He added: "We see no reason why devolution and the executive can't be up and running now".

The EU wants to deal with the first phase of divorce talks before moving on next year to discuss trade, though EU officials acknowledge that the agreements to be reached before Britain leaves can only be concluded as a whole package simultaneously. "We keep hearing only what they don't want, but we don't have any picture of what future relations will look like".

Firstly, to adopt a much more constructive and responsible tone and approach - one that highlights our shared history and values and points to a shared future between Britain and the EU.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Sunday's Welt am Sonntag newspaper that "maybe there is now a chance to achieve a so-called "soft Brexit.'" But he said staying in the European Union single market would require Britain to accept European Union workers" freedom of movement. "We must get Brexit right".

A key issue he did not mention was the EU's bill for Britain to leave, which Brussels estimates at a colossal 100 billion euros.

Jean-Claude Juncker: The European Commission president will not be directly involved in talks and his spokesman has said he is unlikely to spend more than half an hour a week on Brexit.

Let there be no doubt, if the U.K.is intent on taking a hike, the European Union would like to help its British friends keep some stable footing. "And we want to try to solve the hard things as well as possible".

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