Negotiator denies UK is blackmailing EU on security

Mar 31, 2017, 01:44
Negotiator denies UK is blackmailing EU on security

"It is far from clear that concerns about Brexit are likely to change the minds of many voters about the merits or otherwise of independence", he said.

Mr Hollande's approach echoes that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel who on Wednesday snubbed Prime Minister Theresa May's call for negotiations on the UK's exit from the European Union to run alongside talks on defining the conditions of their future relationship. The Great Repeal Bill will allow for this, whilst also ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

But it's a worry that in the first battle of this negotiation, the EU's biggest players are so openly opposed to the UK's planned approach. On the current two-year timetable that will be in March 2019.

MPs will get a chance to debate and vote on the bill before it is passed into law. Brexit Secretary David Davis has said this is an important step in giving certainty to businesses, workers and consumers.

Prime Minister Theresa May has officially notified the European Union of the U.K.'s intention to withdraw.

"We will continue to play our part in ensuring that Europe remains strong and prosperous and able to lead in the world", May wrote in the Irish Times.

The two issues had been mentioned side by side because they were "all bound up in our membership of the European Union", he said. Here are some quick facts on what happened and what's to come.

"That's the point. That's what we're after", Davis said.

It's finally happened - Prime Minister May has conveyed the will of the people, sending off a signed letter to Brussels, triggering Article 50.

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In a letter handed to the President of the EU Council Donald Tusk by the UK's ambassador to the EU Tim Barron, May stressed the UK's primary intent is to maintain a "deep and special partnership" EU members.

"Brexit without a deal" would result in mutual taxation and falling expert revenues for both Britain and its trading partners in the EU.

Britain's chief negotiator in the country's divorce from the European Union on Thursday rejected suggestions the United Kingdom has threatened to end security cooperation unless it gets a good trade deal, as the United Kingdom announced plans for the huge task of replacing thousands of EU laws and regulations with domestic law.

In a separate radio interview Davis said: "What the prime minister was saying was that if we have no deal, and we want a deal, it's bad for both of us".

Tony Nash, chief economist and managing partner at Complete Intelligence, told Al Jazeera that the United Kingdom was fortunate not to have to deal with leaving the Euro and that, while the pound has lost value recently, the devaluation could compensate for having to pay tariffs to access the European Union market. "London has understood that", he said.

"If you look at places like Frankfurt or Paris, they just can't compete with London as a financial centre", Nash said. Unless we're legislating against the harm to a third party stemming from consensual adult activity-or of course the more simply criminal harm to a second-then I can't see the point of having the regulation at all. "But for those who lost the referendum, [it is] a requiem for a dream that died".

Outside parliament in London on Thursday, a choir of protesters sang the the adopted anthem of the EU.

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