UK Will Not be Part of EU Treaties for Brexit Transition Period



The government will this week publish the first of three discussion papers ahead of the next round of negotiations, scheduled to start August 28 in Brussels, Brexit Secretary David Davis's office said in a statement on Sunday.

The papers, to be published from this week, will include one covering the thorny issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after the United Kingdom has left the EU.

Mr Barnier is reported to have warned European Union ambassadors the first two rounds had failed to produce sufficient clarity on the opening issues of the Irish border, the rights of European Union citizens in the United Kingdom, and Britain's "divorce bill". But, Brussels has insisted that progress must be made on divorce arrangements first. The first of these will set out proposals for a new customs agreement, it said.

The first three formal position papers will be published ahead of the talks at the end of the month, the department said.

Ireland's premier Leo Varadkar meanwhile has expressed his frustration at the failure so far of the UK Government to come up with firm proposals to ensure that there is no return to the "hard" border between the North and the Republic.

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However it also confirmed that immigration controls - one of the key issues for voters who backed Brexit - would not stop all European Union workers coming to Britain.

Britain is keen to start talking about its post-Brexit relationship with Europe, wary of the need to reassure anxious businesses, citizens and investors. The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, warned EU ambassadors last month that the lack of progress meant talks on the future relationship with the United Kingdom, including a free-trade agreement, may not be possible by the next leader's summit in October, and may have to extended.

They insisted the issues of Britain's withdrawal - which include the divorce bill the United Kingdom will have to pay in respect of its outstanding liabilities - remained "inextricably linked" with the talks on its future relations with the bloc.

"I've launched this process because with time of the essence, we need to get on with negotiating the bigger issues around our future partnership to ensure we get a deal that delivers a strong United Kingdom and a strong EU".

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