UK Confirms It Will Leave EU Single Market Upon Brexit

Brexit secretary David Davis agreed to drop earlier demands he made last week that trade talks should run in parallel with the divorce discussions, an issue that he had promised to turn into “the row of the summer“.”As we enter the negotiation phase we will look to intensify this work in order to test and validate positions and to continue to build support from the business community as we move forward”, the government said in a document setting out its policy programme for the next two years.Legal commentator David Allen Green said the Tories had “capitulated on day one”.Martin Schulz, the Social Democrat (SPD) chancellor candidate who Merkel will square up against in her bid to win a fourth term in September’s election, told the same conference: “The best result of the Brexit negotiations would be – there wouldn’t be a Brexit”.From the EU’s perspective, Brexit is very much akin to the end of a marriage – a divorce settlement must be reached before a new relationship is cemented.The Yomiuri ShimbunIn the run-up to Britain’s exit from the European Union, the first formal negotiations over the matter have been held.To show the “goodwill” her aides often refer to, May will have a separate conversation with European Council President Donald Tusk and hopes to have other one-to-one meetings.Anxious by immigration and loss of sovereignty, Britons voted last June to become the first nation ever to leave the 28-nation EU. “It’s a project, an ambition”, he told reporters.Her EU counterparts will expect her to go further than her government’s February Brexit White Paper pledge to “give people the certainty they the earliest opportunity”.Davis has said he was “encouraged by the constructive approach” as the talks began.Ahead of her visit, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he hoped leaders of the 27 other nations would match the PM’s “generous” proposals to guarantee the rights of European Union nationals with a similar offer to the British expats on the Continent.Uncertainty has dragged on following Britain’s snap elections on June 8, in which the ruling Conservative Party of Prime Minister May not only failed to boost its parliamentary majority but actually lost it, and has had to enter talks for a coalition government with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland.Tusk has made the comments a few hours before a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May. “President Tusk is not going to encourage a discussion on this point”, a senior European Union diplomat said. It has led to calls from within the Conservative Party and business community for a softer Brexit where the mantra of “no deal is better than a bad deal” is laid to rest and the focus shifts to the economy and jobs with some calling for the United Kingdom to remain in both the single market and the customs union.He added to that by quoting a John Lennon song: “So who knows?”Populist politicians in Austria, the Netherlands and France who had a lukewarm attachment to the European Union at best, failed to make the headway they may have anticipated in recent elections, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel is widely expected to win again in elections this autumn.One key question is when the cut-off date for citizens rights to be protected should be.