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Germany: no punishment for UK, but EU exit good for no one

19 Junio 2017, 05:26 | Dolorita Barahona

Such is the collapse of Mrs May's authority that her entire Brexit strategy is being picked apart in public by her ministers, her lawmakers and her allies on the eve of formal negotiations, which begin in Brussels today at 0900GMT (5pm Singapore time).

Last year, Cornwall voted it wanted to quit the union despite being a net beneficiary of EU funds in that it got out in grants more than it paid in.

The situation is very different from 12 months ago when the Brexiteers were riding high, with Prime Minister Theresa May's entire approach called into question after a disastrous election performance on June 8.

May has yet to change tack formally, and doing so would risk infuriating euroskeptics in her Tory party who might still prove strong enough to scupper a deal or to topple her as leader if they believe she's backsliding.

Opponents describe that as a "hard Brexit".

Mr Hammond told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that having no deal would be "a very, very bad outcome for Britain" but added that one that aimed to "suck the lifeblood out of our economy over a period of time" would be even worse.

Mr Hammond said he would not agree to a deal that would "destroy" Britain.

With a further million British expatriates in the EU, May too wants a deal on citizens' rights, though the two sides are some way apart.

Almost a year on from the historic vote which saw Britain opt to quit the union, the first day of talks will see discussions on the rights of expats, the so-called "divorce bill" and the Northern Ireland border.

The EU says Britain must honour its contributions to the bloc's budget, which has already been agreed up to 2020, as well as commitments to development programmes for poorer member states.

The EU insists that should wait until an outline agreement on divorce terms, ideally by the end of this year.

Brussels first mentioned a figure of 60 billion euros (53 billion pounds, $67 billion) but it is now closer to 100 billion, European Union sources told AFP.

And the statement seemed to chastize European Union officials for saying in recent days they would be happy to see Britain remain a part of the bloc.

Davis, who unlike May has long campaigned to leave the EU, will meet chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier, a former French minister, at the European Commission's Berlaymont headquarters at 11am (0900 GMT).

"He will also set out a bold vision for the UK's future after it leaves the European Union and the exciting opportunities that will arise from our exit", added the statement. The Prime Minister will attend a two-day European Council summit in Brussels.

There can be no doubt that, as a result of the serious reversal suffered by his party in the United Kingdom general election, Mr Davis will be a much weakened figure when he faces Mr Barnier. EU nations and the European Parliament will have to approve any future deal and that can take months. If so, it could have to be ratified by up to 38 national and regional parliaments, with any of them effectively holding a veto.

Britain appears to have given in on the EU's insistence that talks first focus on three key divorce issues, before moving onto the future EU-UK relationship and a possible trade deal. 53% of people said that there should be a second vote on Brexit.



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