Brexit Minister: No Doubt Britain Leaving EU

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond reiterated that the United Kingdom plans to leave the European Union's customs union, and refused to be drawn into a debate on the future of Prime Minister Theresa May as Brexit talks begin amid a political crisis. "So I'm afraid to say there is no goodwill towards her". "That will be in our mutual interest, but we 27 will formulate our interests very clearly and hopefully together".

Foster said the talks would not cover social issues.

Before the election, May proposed a clean break from the European Union: leaving its single market, which enshrines free movement of people, goods, services and capital, and proposing limits on immigration and a bespoke customs deal with the EU.

Barnier said there will be one week of negotiations every month and the two sides will use the time in between to work out proposals.

International Trade Minister Liam Fox will travel to Washington on Monday to explore new trade ties - although no formal negotiations are possible until Britain has actually left the bloc.

The association represents 3,200 businesses with a million employees in Germany making industrial machinery.

It said Davis entered the talks "confident that he can get a positive outcome and secure a new deep and special partnership with the EU" as well as a "bold and ambitious deal".

One European diplomat in London said the political upheaval was such that it was hard to know what to write back to his capital, pouring scorn on May's campaign slogan of "strong and stable leadership". The talks must be completed and endorsed by parliaments by the end of March 2019. But the unexpected weak performance has plunged Britain into a political crisis and left May battling to unite both wings of the Conservative Party - those who want a so-called "hard Brexit" and those who did not want to leave the European Union in the first place.

Besides forging a deal to keep her job and preparing for Brexit talks, May is grappling with a crisis over the breakdown in power-sharing between the pro-British DUP and the Catholic nationalist Sinn Fein party in Northern Ireland's separate, devolved government.

When asked about the ramifications of the UK's impending exit from the European Union, publics in other member states generally agree that the British departure will be bad for the EU.

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"That has always been our first aim and that is what we will do".

"As we set out in the Article 50 letter, our view is that withdrawal agreement and terms of the future relationship must be agreed alongside each other".

While European leaders try to gauge what to expect from the Brexit talks due to begin in Brussels on Monday, May is so weakened that her own Brexit strategy is the subject of public debate in her own party, and by her potential allies.

Prompted by her poor election showing, particularly among pro-EU young people who fear losses of jobs and opportunity from Brexit, some of her most senior ministers and two former Conservative prime ministers have called for a rethink.

"We want both sides to emerge strong and prosperous, capable of projecting our shared European values, leading in the world, and demonstrating our resolve to protect the security of our citizens".

The EU says Britain can't leave without settling its bill, paying up for all its commitments that are still ongoing, including projects that might reach into the next decade, as well as the U.K.'s share of EU staff pensions.

Germany's deputy foreign minister, Michael Roth, told RBB Inforadio that "we must of course protect our interests as the European Union 27 but naturally we also don't want to punish Britain".

"I'm not going to give a blow by blow account of how we propose to take that discussion forward", he said.

May has not yet responded to a proposal from some Conservatives for business groups and lawmakers from all parties to agree a national position on Brexit.

"We want to see a Brexit that works for everybody, not just in Northern Ireland from my perspective but in the Republic of Ireland as well, so it is about a sensible Brexit", Foster told reporters.

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