Britain and European Union 'get to work' on fresh Brexit talks

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 17, 2017

He is in Brussels for four days of talks that will focus on protecting European Union citizens in the United Kingdom and Britons living in Europe.

'That we negotiate through this and identify the differences, so that we can deal with them, and identify the similarities so that we can move forward. "Now it's time to get down to work and to make this a successful negotiation", he added.

"We will now delve into the heart of the matter".

"We need to examine and compare our respective positions in order to make progress", Barnier told reporters before talks started on Monday.

The proposal to grant EU nationals "settled status", effectively indefinite leave to remain, was immediately dismissed by European Council President Donald Tusk as "below our expectations".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who was also in Brussels, emphasized the British offer on citizens' rights, calling it "very fair" and "serious".

However ministers also faced criticism at home over their plans to withdraw from the European Union nuclear regulator, Euratom, amid warnings the United Kingdom find its access to radioactive isotopes used to treat cancer restricted.

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Fights over the European court of justice are expected to overshadow the second round of Brexit talks this week as both sides brace for a clash that could hamper progress on citizenship and money. Barnier appeared exasperated last week as he said the U.K.'s offer on citizens reduced their current level of rights, and said he was astounded that some members of the British government still didn't accept that the country has to pay its dues.

'Protecting the rights of all our citizens is the priority for me going into this round and I'm clear that it's something we must make real progress on'.

Hammond told the BBC that government ministers were becoming increasingly convinced of the need for transitional arrangements to reduce disruption, with Brexit looming.

But as the talks get under way, it is reported that Chancellor Philip Hammond is being accused of Brexit treachery and trying to frustrate the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Brexit hardliners in the Cabinet and on the Tory backbenches are furious with Mr Hammond for championing a two-year transition deal to cushion the impact of leaving the EU.

They then left the podiums without answering any questions from the fathering media, with the Frenchman saying the pair needed to work to which the Brexit secretary replied: "Work, yes that's right - work".

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