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Britain eyes Brexit deal 'like no other in history'

Nellie Chapman | 20 June, 2017, 01:53

"That is why we are pushing ahead with negotiations on Monday".

"We are not turning our backs on Europe", he said in the statement.

"Now, the hard work begins". Having lost a majority in parliament, May needs the DUP's 10 lawmakers to win any kind of vote, including on the pieces of legislation needed to enact Britain's divorce from the EU.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Monday he still thinks that the Brexit negotiations will yield "a happy resolution that can be done with profit and honor for both sides".

Oxfordshire MPs have also set out their positions on Brexit, with the newly elected MP for Oxford West and Abingdon has vowed to "fight for her constituents" and oppose a hard Brexit in European Union negotiations which start today. They also have a strong incentive to deny the United Kingdom a deal so attractive it might encourage others to follow the British example.

The election debacle has left her weakened and fuelled speculation over her position. Adding to what Queen Elizabeth II called the "somber national mood" have been three terrorist attacks in three months and a fire in a London tower block in which 58 people are presumed dead.

He added: "These talks will be hard at points, but we will be approaching them in a constructive way".

"What can you say of meaning about such chaos?" the diplomat asked.

Leaving the European Union was once far-fetched: only 15 years ago, British leaders were arguing about when to join the euro, and talk of an EU exit was the reserve of a motley crew of skeptics on the fringes of both major parties. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is newly influential after winning a crucial 13 seats in Scotland, has said Britain should prioritize "freedom to trade and our economic growth".

Amid such upheaval, though, there is little agreement on what kind of Brexit May should try for - even assuming she can hold onto her job.

"We're leaving the EU and because we are leaving the EU, we will be leaving the single market and by the way, we will be leaving the customs union". However, it seems unlikely he will be able to resist public comment on the Brexit process, which he has described as a "tragedy".

The hardline faction, which includes Brexit Secretary David Davis, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon and Environment Secretary Michael Gove, wants a clean break with the European Union in order to regain full control over Britain's borders and do trade deals with non-EU countries.

While Britain's economy has shown unexpected resilience since the Brexit vote, there are signs of weakness.

European Union negotiator Michel Barnier said the negotiations which should lead to a breakup by March 2019 "must first tackle the uncertainties caused by Brexit - first for citizens, but also for the beneficiaries of the European Union policies and for the impact on borders, in particular Ireland".

The extent of Britain's exit bill needs to be decided, with the EU27 expected to seek tens of billions of euros they see as London's fair share of programs to which it has committed.

Before the General Election, ministers insisted talks on a future trading relationship must take place in parallel with negotiations on the divorce from Brussels, with Mr Davis warning in May it would be the "row of the summer".

The Commission's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has made clear that he wants to agree on divorce terms before moving on to discussing the UK's future relationship with the bloc at a later stage in the negotiations.