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Brexit talks start as war breaks out among United Kingdom ministers

18 July 2017

London and Brussels agree that some 4.5 million expatriates who live on either side of a new EU-UK border, two-thirds of them in Britain, should not lose rights they have as EU citizens. And I would think that, come the month of September/October, we will be able to come jointly to the rest of the (WTO) membership", the European Union source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.The joint approach would address aspects of the EU's WTO membership terms, known as its WTO "schedules", that are not easily split between Britain and the other 27 European Union members: "agricultural tariff quotas, agricultural subsidies and commitments on services trade.

Britain and the European Union (EU) launch a new round of Brexit negotiations here on Monday as conflicting views on "divorce" terms cast shadow on the resumption of talks and a feasible deal seems rather hard to reach for now.

Davis returned to London but will be back on Thursday, officials said, in the hope that he and Barnier can give their political endorsement to a first set of partial agreements. Other issues, such as the cost of Brexit, are also on the table.

Barnier, who has repeatedly called on Britain to set out a full divorce strategy, said they needed to "examine and compare our respective positions in order to make good progress".

"For us it's incredibly important we now make good progress, that we negotiate through this and identify the differences so we can deal with them and identify the similarities so that we can reinforce them".

More than a year after the Brexit referendum, some still argue that it would be in Britain's interests to remain in the European Union, and retain the benefits of free movement of people, capital, goods and services.

The two sides are planning for four days of negotiations with Mr Davis returning to Brussels on Thursday to take stock of progress and make preparations for the next round of talks.

The Conservative leader will use Tuesday's regular cabinet meeting to "remind" colleagues to keep their discussions private and urge them to focus on the job of government, he said.

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"I am not hearing any whistling, just the clock ticking", said the former European Commissioner and French foreign minister.

Johnson, who was in Brussels on Monday separately to meet his 27 European Union colleagues, said he hoped the bloc would accept the "very fair and serious offer" Britain had made on the rights of European Union citizens.

United Kingdom finance minister Philip Hammond said Sunday that Britain will take responsibility for the money it owes, but dismissed the 100 billion euro figure as "ridiculous".

Even though May had insisted that the Brexit process can't be reversed, her government will not be able to pursue the firm Brexit line she favored, following an undesired result of the June snap election, in which her party lost majority in the House of Commons.

Hammond, a potential rival to May, acknowledged that ministers were divided on many elements of Brexit, after weekend newspapers were filled with reports of infighting.

For now, the EU says May's offer to guarantee the rights of 3 million Europeans in Britain falls short.

On Sunday, finance minister Philip Hammond, an advocate for a transition to Brexit, said most ministers now agreed with him: "Five weeks ago the idea of a transition period was quite a new concept".

Brexit talks start as war breaks out among United Kingdom ministers