United Kingdom sees 'happy' Brexit outcome for both sides, Boris Johnson says

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 19, 2017

But given she had to establish a new Brexit department from scratch and recruit civil servants in a hurry, it is little wonder the Prime Minister had to delay triggering our European Union exit until March.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove, another leader of the Brexit battle, also talked up the prospects of a deal today by suggesting food prices could fall.

May's chancellor Philip Hammond became the first distanced himself from May's hardline position yesterday, saying that crashing out of the European Union without a deal would be "very, very bad" for Britain.

Mr Johnson will also encourage the bloc's other foreign ministers to join forces to track foreign fighters returning from Iraq and Syria.

The Chancellor told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show: "What we put in place may not be a single arrangement that endures forever, it may be an arrangement which lasts for a couple of years as a temporary measure before we get to the long-term agreed status quo".

British finance minister Philip Hammond said Britain should adopt a pragmatic approach to Brexit negotiations which begin on Monday, striking a different tone to Prime Minister Theresa May who has threatened to leave the European Union without a deal if necessary.

'That is a resolution of a British problem that has been dithering on for decades'.

May's letter triggering the so called Article 50 exit procedure is still the most detailed document on the UK's intention.

That's easy: it means the United Kingdom negotiates continued de facto membership - perhaps dressed up as "associate" status - of the single market, which keeps open tariff-free trade with the rest of Europe.

With the clock already ticking on the UK's two-year departure from the bloc, Brexit Secretary David Davis will meet the European Commission's chief negotiator Michel Barnier to hold their first formal Brexit talks on Monday. That automatically implies quitting a common customs link with the European Union so Britain can do its own thing - easier said than done, though. "And we want to try to solve the hard things as well as possible". Survation found that a majority of voters back staying in the Customs Union and holding a second referendum on the final deal May secures with the EU.

Brexit negotiations start on Monday, with question marks over Britain's approach after Prime Minister Theresa May lost her parliamentary majority in an election meant to strengthen her hand in the talks. We can build something absolutely brilliant out of this with our European friends'.

Britain already appears to have capitulated to the EU's insistence that talks first focus on three key divorce issues, before moving onto the future EU-UK relationship and a possible trade deal.

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz says: "If we don't succeed both sides will lose". "A deal like no other in history".

"We keep hearing only what they don't want, but we don't have any picture of what future relations will look like".

Mr Davis will be accompanied by a nine-strong negotiating team that includes the most senior civil servants at the department as well as officials from the Treasury and Home Office.

Mr Barnier yesterday tweeted that he was spending the weekend hiking in the French Alps "to draw strength and energy" ahead of the start of the talks.

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