Britain Kicks Off Brexit Talks With European Union

The Prime Minister will brief European counterparts at a summit meeting before the Government sets out detailed plans on Monday.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.He said: ‘We’re determined to get on with the job and deliver certainty as soon as possible.He said May will publish a detailed paper outlining Britain’s approach on protecting citizen rights at the European Union summit on Thursday and Friday, which he believes “will form the right basis on which to reach agreement”.But Mr Davis, the Howden and Haltemprice MP, insisted the Government’s approach would not alter.”We must think about the deep and meaningful partnership with Europe”, he said.”So it’s the same as it was before”.Davis said the timetable for the talks was “ambitious but eminently achievable”.EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier (R) and the governor of the Bank of Finland, Erkki Liikanen, at a press conference in Brussels, Oct. 2, 2012.When asked whether agreeing to this schedule was a sign of the weakness of Britain’s negotiating position, Davis said: “It is not how it starts but how it ends”. Asked if the “weakness of your negotiating position” had been exposed, Mr Davis put on a fearless face, claiming: “It’s not when it starts but how it finishes that matters”. To do so we will clearly need to talk about trade as well, as the border issues include how goods will move across the frontier.We want to find the best solution for them and their families, “said Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator for Brexit”.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”. “That is why we will work all the time with the United Kingdom, and never against the United Kingdom”.”There will be no austerity on my side, I will display a constructive attitude firmly based on interests and support of the (EU) 27, and I will all the time seek to the continued support of the European Parliament”, he said.Brexit Secretary David Davis will call for “a deal like no other in history” as he heads into talks with the EU. Previously, Davis had vowed to make the scheduling issue the “row of the summer”. The man is a joker.Asked if the European Union had made any concession to the UK, Barnier said: “The UK has chose to leave the EU. He has been utterly humiliated”, added the Liberal Democrat leader.THE EUROPEAN UNION’S PREFERRED order for Brexit talks has prevailed as Tory minister David Davis abandoned the pretence that he would challenge EU officials on how the discussions would take place. Davis was heartened by the spirit of the talks, during which the negotiators, both interested in mountaineering, exchanged a walking stick and a hiking book. We also agreed on how we will structure our talks.Under Conservative, Labour and coalition governments the United Kingdom was never willing to accept all the moves to union or all the requirements of the EU.