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Brexit talks to begin amid post-election fallout in Britain

Brexit talks to begin amid post-election fallout in Britain

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.

Mr Barnier spoke at a press conference after the first day to confirm that settling priority issues would build "trust on which to negotiate a new relationship".

But EU leaders say that before trade talks can begin they want to work out three other issues.

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.

They agreed on the modalities of the negotiations, which will involve one week of talks a month, with the second round beginning on 17 July.

"I would like us to get a good agreement that is in both sides' interests". The general election earlier this month - called abruptly by Prime Minister Theresa May to bolster her majority and show a united Brexit face to Brussels - backfired spectacularly, and cost her Tories dearly.

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The talks come days after May lost her parliamentary majority.

A leadership contest would be triggered by letters of no confidence from 15 % of her party, with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Minister David Davis seen as clear front runners.

"The most important thing for us is to look to the horizon, raise our eyes to the horizon".

The Brussels talks began nearly a year after Britain unexpectedly voted in a referendum to leave the European Union and less than two weeks after Prime Minister Theresa May lost her overall majority in snap elections that raised questions about the stability of the government the European Union faces. But the European Union's Michel Barnier made clear little was agreed but an initial calendar and a structure for negotiations.

Gabriel said "it would naturally be best if Britain didn't leave at all".

"The best way we can spend this week is to rebuild trust", rather than tackle the big hard issues right at the start, a European source said.

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The issues at stake are daunting.

Yet Davis stressed that Britain would deliver certainty "as soon as possible" to European Union citizens living in Britain and to British citizens in the European Union, a common ground between the two sides.

On the European side, leaders have remained united that the U.K. can not have full access to European markets unless it also allows full access to its own. I would have liked it to have been 10, 11 months ago.

But EU leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, are also determined not to make concessions to Britain that might encourage others to quit.

Barnier has said a divorce deal should be ready by October next year to give time for parliamentary approval - while European Union leaders want Theresa May to lay off threatening to walk out and leave a chaotic legal limbo in her wake.

The dialogue will be managed by Mr Barnier's deputy Sabine Weyand, and Olly Robbins, the permanent secretary at the department for exiting the EU.

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