BRUSSELS European Union officials are planning for talks on Britain’s exit from the bloc to commence on June 19 but assume confirmation of the date only soon after the British election on June 8, EU resources reported on Friday.
The European Commission will carry out the negotiations with London on behalf of the remaining 27 EU governments. Their ministers will meet up with on Monday to confirm the mandate they are providing to the Commission’s main negotiator, Michel Barnier.
Primary Minister Theresa May formally explained to the EU in March that Britain was leaving soon after a referendum final June. A restricted two-yr countdown to departure on March thirty, 2019, has been made slightly tighter by May contacting the election final month in a bid to bolster her hand in the talks.
Her ruling Conservative Party is tipped to earn the election with an amplified greater part.
EU officials refuse to talk about even fundamental practicalities for the talks with London in advance of the vote – in section in retaliation for Britain’s refusal to sign off on some EU finances amendments, citing a pre-election “purdah”, or freeze on choice-building.
“The nineteenth (of June) is tentative, mainly because Britain can not confirm nearly anything until finally soon after the elections,” 1 formal involved in the Brexit negotiation course of action reported. “The nineteenth is … the earliest date they can envisage.”
Barnier explained to his Commission bosses at the start out of May that in the withdrawal talks, the EU would focus on securing citizens’ rights, monetary difficulties and borders, and he hopes for a deal on these difficulties between October and December.
If that timetable holds, the EU would be ready to start out talking about the condition of its long run trade partnership with Britain and a transition interval leading to it between December 2017 and spring 2018, Barnier reported, according to minutes of the commissioners’ weekly faculty assembly on May three.
Barnier reported he would propose to his British counterpart that the conversations acquire spot in 4-weekly cycles. The to start with week would be devoted to preparations by the 27 governments and the European Parliament and the second to an trade of files with Britain.
The 3rd week would be for negotiations them selves — EU officials assume the British to appear to Brussels for the week — and the fourth to report the effects to the 27 governments and the European Parliament and prepare the upcoming spherical of talks.
There would be five thematic negotiation groups on the EU aspect in the to start with phase that is to final until finally agreement is reached on the key points on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.
(Reporting By Jan Strupczewski Modifying by Alastair Macdonald)