Britain and European Union 'get to work' on fresh Brexit talks


Following this, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the European Union can "go whistle" if they expect a hefty divorce bill from Britain, to which Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, replied by saying he couldn't hear any whistling, but could hear "the clock ticking".

'We need to examine and compare our respective positions in order to make good progress'. In a tacit acknowledgment that last month's opening of negotiations had achieved little, Davis said it was now crucial to "get into the substance of the matter". At a one-day session in June both sides agreed on a broad timetable for the talks.

The EU has recently asked London to be clear on the financial settlement issue as without an agreement on the bill, the talks on a potential future trade deal can not advance.

Fox also said it would be "foolish" to go into the Brexit negotiations without being prepared to walk away, saying Britain's negotiating partners needed to believe Britain would do so rather than accept a bad deal.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson then fanned the flames when he said in the Commons that Brussels could "go whistle" if it expected the United Kingdom to pay a hefty "divorce bill" in respect of its outstanding financial obligations.

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"This bill means that we will be able to exit the European Union with maximum certainty, continuity and control", Davis said. The EU has said it will only allow talks on a future relationship once there's "sufficient progress" on citizens' rights and the U.K.'s financial obligations. He added that Britain's proposal to safeguard the rights of European citizens is "good" and "I hope very much that people will look at that offer in the spirit it deserves".

Struggling for authority after losing her majority in last month's election, British PM Theresa May faces questions inside her party on whether she can exercise control.

The Telegraph reported an unidentified cabinet minister using expletive-filled language to accuse Hammond of treating colleagues who supported the Leave campaign, such as Davis, like "pirates who have taken him prisoner".

"I do think on many fronts it would be helpful if my colleagues - all of us - focused on the job at hand", he told the BBC. The pound fell from a 10-month high against the dollar on concern that discord within the United Kingdom government is worsening before the nation starts the second round of Brexit negotiations with the European Union.