You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

The Latest: EU Brexit talks to focus 1st on citizens' rights


The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local):

7:05 p.m.

EU and British negotiators say the first day of negotiations on Britain's departure from the European Union was productive in outlining the program ahead and setting out the first challenges to settle, especially the rights of citizens living on each other's territory.

Both EU negotiator Michel Barnier and his UK counterpart David Davis said they were heartened by the first day of talks on Monday and insisted the tight deadlines were tough but achievable.

Barnier said there was agreement that the negotiators would first look at citizen's rights, the outstanding bill Britain must pay for previous EU commitments and the Irish border issue. He said once there was sufficient progress on those, the talks would start looking at the EU's new relationship with Britain.

Davis said both sides were "off to a promising start" even though the challenges ahead were daunting.

___

2:05 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she hopes for a "good agreement" after Brexit talks in which 27 EU countries will listen carefully to what Britain wants but also defend their own interests.

Britain on Monday finally opened negotiations with other European Union nations about leaving the bloc.

Merkel said Monday: "I think it is premature to speculate on the first day of the negotiations how they will end."

She added: "I hope that we will reach a good agreement. That will be in our mutual interest, but we 27 will formulate our interests very clearly and hopefully together."

Merkel spoke after meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who also stressed the 27 EU countries' unity. He noted the EU wants to discuss divorce terms before moving on to the shape of its future relations with Britain. He said he views the talks with "informed optimism."

___

1:05 p.m.

A top German business lobby is urging negotiators for Britain and the European Union to quickly come to an agreement over how Britain's departure from the EU will affect cross-border trade — and avoid a "hard Brexit."

The Mechanical Engineering Industry Association, known by its German initials VDMA, says that that goal of the two-year negotiating process is "damage limitation" because Brexit won't benefit either side.

VDMA managing director Thilo Brodtmann said in a statement that "the EU and Great Britain must absolutely avoid being left without an agreement in two years."

The association represents 3,200 businesses with a million employees in Germany making industrial machinery. Such firms sold 7.3 billion euros ($8.2 billion) worth of goods to customers in Britain last year, their fourth-biggest market.

___

11:15 a.m.

U.K. negotiator David Davis says that Britain has gone into Brexit negotiations looking for a "positive and constructive tone" to deal with the myriad issues dividing both sides.

Reflecting on Britain's longtime EU membership, Davis says that "there is more that unites us than divides us" despite the June 23, 2016 referendum in which Britain decided to break away from the 27 other member nations.

EU 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 EU policies and for the impact on borders, in particular Ireland."

___

10:20 a.m.

The head of the biggest group in the European Parliament says that what Britain wants out of the Brexit talks is a mystery as negotiations get underway.

European People's Party caucus leader Manfred Weber told German radio station Bayern 2 Monday: "Our big problem is that we have no picture, no idea at all what the British want." He said that the other EU countries have a united position but the British are "in chaos."

He added: "It's not as if Europe is leaving Britain; Britain wants to leave the EU. They should finally tell us what the aim is. We keep hearing that they don't want a 'Norway model,' they don't want a 'Swiss model,' they want to leave the customs union, the internal market, they want to limit migration. We keep hearing only what they don't want, but we don't have any picture of what future relations will look like."

____

9:15 a.m.

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."

The negotiations kick off in Brussels on Monday with Britain under pressure for stalling the talks and entering the negotiations without a working parliamentary majority fully in place.

Still, Johnson called on people to look at the more distant future. At a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg he said: "The most important thing for us is to look to the horizon, raise our eyes to the horizon. In the long run, this will be good for the U.K. and good for the rest of Europe."

____

8.45 a.m.

A senior German official is stressing that the EU doesn't want to punish Britain for leaving, but says its departure will not be good for the U.K. or the rest of the EU.

Germany's deputy foreign minister, Michael Roth, told RBB Inforadio that "we must of course protect our interests as the EU 27 but naturally we also don't want to punish Britain."

Roth said that "Brexit is a very, very difficult operation" and there's only a bit over a year to negotiate it. He added: "Brexit won't make anything better, but it will make a lot of things more difficult. And we want to try to solve the difficult things as well as possible."


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Princess Diana allegedly made threatening phone calls to Camilla while married to Prince Charles
Princess Diana allegedly made threatening phone calls to Camilla while married to Prince Charles

A new tell-all gives royals fans new details into Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ marriage. According to “The Duchess: The Untold Story,” Duchess Camilla received “threatening and unnerving” phone calls from Princess Diana at all hours of the night. Author Penny Junor writes that Diana would call and say,...
These states have most overweight pets, research reveals
These states have most overweight pets, research reveals

Dogs and cats in America are becoming increasingly overweight, according to a report from Banfield Pet Hospital. Time reported that research from Banfield Pet Hospital released Tuesday shows that the number of overweight or obese pets in America is growing, and two states have the most hefty cats and dogs. The company, which operates...
Update: Police in Florida review test kits after drywall tests positive for cocaine
Update: Police in Florida review test kits after drywall tests positive for cocaine

Police in Oviedo, Florida, said they will take a closer look at their drug-test kits after what may have been drywall powder tested positive for cocaine. Karlos Cashe was pulled over in March for driving without headlights.  A K-9 officer made a hit on possible drugs on the passenger side of Cashe’s vehicle, police said. Oviedo police ...
Leslie Jones says Los Angeles Ritz Carlton doesn’t ‘like black people’
Leslie Jones says Los Angeles Ritz Carlton doesn’t ‘like black people’

Leslie Jones isn’t happy with the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles, according to her Twitter feed. After hosting the BET Awards Sunday, the “Saturday Night Live” cast member and comedian checked into the luxury hotel franchise but was not happy with the service and said so in a tweet to her 600,000 followers Monday. “Wow was such...
Fake Time magazine covers displayed at Donald Trump’s golf club locations
Fake Time magazine covers displayed at Donald Trump’s golf club locations

UPDATE June 27 at 7:00 p.m.: The Washington Post reported that by Tuesday evening, a spokeswoman for Time Magazine said that the publication “asked the Trump Organization to remove the phony cover from the walls where it was on display.” President Donald Trump has a framed Time Magazine cover of himself decorating at least...
More Stories