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Britain, EU to begin Brexit negotiations on Monday

Britain, EU to begin Brexit negotiations on Monday

The unprecedented negotiations come nearly exactly a year after Britons voted last June 23 to leave the EU.

The prime minister met leaders of Northern Ireland' other political parties yesterday, some of whom had voiced concerns that a tie-up could destabilise local politics and undermine the British government's neutrality in overseeing separate talks to form a new power-sharing government in Northern Ireland.

Britain's finance minister said Friday that jobs and growth should be the priority when Brexit negotiations begin next week, indicating that the weakened government in London might be softening its tone with Brussels.

Monday's negotiations are to open at 11:00am in Brussels (0900 GMT) with 90 minutes of talks between Barnier and Davis, followed by a working lunch between the pair and a press conference. A source in May's Conservative Party said talks continued on Friday.

The leader of the Northern Irish party in talks to support Theresa May's minority government has told the BBC her party's lawmakers will support the prime minister's legislative programme next week.

"SENSIBLE BREXIT" May wants to negotiate the divorce and the future trading relationship with the European Union before Britain leaves in March 2019, followed by what she calls a phased implementation process to give business time to prepare for the impact of the divorce.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michael Barnier and the UK's Brexit minister, David Davis, will meet in Brussels on Monday (19 June), kicking off negotiations likely to take nearly two years.

"We believe that the withdrawal process can not be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account", the spokesman said.

The article states that discussions on a member's withdrawal must "take account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union".

The deadline set by the British government for an agreement is 29 June before it considers the introduction of direct rule from Westminster, or the more unlikely option of new Assembly elections. "The withdrawal and future are intimately linked".

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in a Bloomberg Television interview this week that as soon as "the principles" of Brexit are agreed, talks can move on in parallel to "the details of the regulation, and what will be the further relations between the United Kingdom, after Brexit, and the single market and the European Union, and so on". "We believe that the withdrawal process can not be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account".

Speaking as he arrived for a meeting of European Union finance ministers in Luxembourg, he said: "As we go into that negotiation, my clear view - and I believe the view of the majority of people in Britain - is that we should prioritise protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations and take them forward".

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