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20 June 2017, 10:08 | Terri Saunders
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.
The smiles belied the fact that at stake is not just Britain's future but also Europe's postwar political order and its place in the world, which could be fatally undermined without an agreement by the March 2019 deadline. "We must first tackle the uncertainties caused by Brexit, first for citizens but also for the beneficiaries of European Union policies and for the impact on borders, in particular Ireland".
"My clear view, and I believe the view of the majority of people in Britain, is that we should prioritize protecting jobs, protecting economic growth, protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations and take them forward", he said.
May has said she is open to some kind of association agreement with the customs union and wants to avoid any so-called "cliff-edge" into uncertain trading conditions, but she has also said Britain must be able to control immigration - something it can not do while a member of the EU.
Davis, a prominent tough-talking figure in the "Leave" campaign, sounded a positive note, saying that while there would "undoubtedly be challenging times ahead" he wanted a good relationship with the EU.
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Brexit negotiations are due to formally begin on on Monday, with Brexit Secretary David Davis heading to Brussels with the aim of forging a "deep and special partnership".
Merkel spoke after meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who also stressed the 27 European Union countries' unity.
"The best way we can spend this week is to rebuild trust", another European source said. "But the 27 of us will formulate our interests very clearly and hopefully, together", Merkel said. Anxious by mass immigration and loss of sovereignty, Britain past year voted to end its decades-old membership of the 28-nation bloc in a shock referendum result. "But we want to keep the door open for the British".
While the European Union negotiating team led by Barnier has been ready for months, British efforts on Brexit stalled even after it triggered the two-year process on March 29.
Before the United Kingdomgeneral election just over a week ago, British prime minister Theresa May was talking tough, signalling that "no deal was better than a bad deal" - but this rhetoric has evaporated after her party lost their parliamentary majority. Britain and the European Union hold Brexit talks on Monday and Britain is due to leave the European Union in March 2019.
While Barnier insists on the "sequencing" of talks, so that trade negotiations can not start until probably January, finding a way to avoid a "hard" customs border for troubled Northern Ireland may well involve some earlier discussion of the matter.
Insurers need to set up EU subsidiaries to carry on business in the EU if Britain does not remain part of the European single market.
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He had struck a conciliatory tone in an earlier statement, emphasising Britain and the EU's "shared European values". May herself will be in Brussels on Thursday and Friday for a regular summit with fellow European Union leaders.
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