Finally, Britain kicks off Brexit negotiations with EU

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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 6:01 AM

While the EU negotiating team led by Michel Barnier has been prepared for months, Britain stalled even after it triggered the two-year process on March twenty-nine.

Finally, Britain kicks off Brexit negotiations with EU

After nearly a year of waffling, Britain on Monday finally opens negotiations with its European Union counterparts about leaving the bloc, with the final outcome, due in two thousand-nineteenth, as necessary as it presently seems unpredictable.

While the EU negotiating team led by Michel Barnier has been prepared for months, Britain stalled even after it triggered the two-year process on March twenty-nine. An early election this month, in which Prime Minister Theresa May lost her majority, only added to the problems.

"Our large problem is that we've number picture, number idea at all what the British want," said German Manfred Weber, the head of the EPP Christian Democrat grouping in the European Parliament. The other EU countries have a united position, but the British are "in chaos," Weber added.

May'south government said in a statement it was "confident it can attain a bold and ambitious deal that'll work in the interest of the whole U. K." The EU said it was also looking for a excellent compromise

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said: "If we don't succeed both sides will lose."

U. K. negotiator David Davis and the EU'south Barnier have one key issue over the first weeks of talks: building believe after months of haggling over leaks and figures over the final bill that Britain would've to pay for leaving.

Time is pressing. After the June twenty-three, two thousand sixteen referendum to leave the bloc, the other twenty-seven nations wanted to start the exit talks as soon as possible so they could work on their own future but Britain long seemed dazed by its own momentous move.

And even when May finally triggered the two-year unraveling process on March twenty-nine, she followed it up with an early election she counted on winning big, only to lose her majority in the June eight poll. It left an image of a dysfunctional Britain coming up against a well-oiled EU negotiating machine.

Still, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson remained upbeat Monday and thinks that the Brexit negotiations will yield "a pleased resolution that can be done with profit and honor for both sides."

Johnson called on people to see at the more distant future. At a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg he said: "The most necessary thing for us is to see to the horizon, lift our eyes to the horizon. In the long run, this will be excellent for the U. K. and excellent for the rest of Europe."

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