The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and UK Brexit Secretary David Davis begin talks today on the impending withdrawal of the UK from membership of the EU. A hard or soft exit, it makes no difference to the person in the street because it’s happening and there is nothing we can now do to alter it.
The two sides are working to their own agendas and both want the best Deal for their side. In some quarters, France’s new President has voiced this opinion, the UK must be shown to not only get a bad deal but it’s a deal that has to hurt the UK. Charming, last time I drink French wine or eat French cheese!
Britain, of course, also wants a good deal and trade between the EU and UK is top of David Davis’ agenda. Not so with the EU, they first want to work out the terms of Britain’s withdrawal and want to know if Britain will ensure EU citizens’ rights where they live in the UK and work out how much compensation the UK is willing to pay to the EU… how about a couple of Euros Mr. Barnier?
Seems the negotiators need to do some negotiating on what it is they are going to negotiate about!
Watch this space to see what happens over the coming weeks, months and indeed years as this looks set to be a long drawn our negotiation with lots of ups, downs and maybe a couple of laughs if we’re lucky.
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