The main objective of May after losing the absolute majority in the elections of June 8 is to reach a commercial agreement with the European bloc
The British government has begun negotiating, almost a year after the Brexit referendum, the departure of the UK from the EU in a weak position after losing the absolute majority in the June 8 elections, but with the ultimate aim of achieving an Agreement with the European bloc.
British Prime Minister David Davis, his country’s negotiator in Brussels, has sat down face-to-face with his colleague Michel Barnier to start a complicated and tense exit process that will leave the bloc , In March 2019, without one of the great European economies.
London seeks to close trade deal
These talks, which were postponed by the British elections, begin almost three months after Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which triggers the countdown to Brexit, the UK’s departure from EU.
Negotiations begin with five days to go by a year since the British voted in a landmark referendum in favor of “brexit,” which will end more than 40 years of UK involvement in the community club.
One of the goals of London is to seal a trade agreement between the two parties, which the British government was confident of negotiating in parallel with the exit talks, but this is a point not welcomed by Brussels.
May is very weak after losing the absolute majority
Very weakened by losing the absolute majority in the early general elections, May may be forced to rethink its negotiating objectives and opt for a so-called “soft brexit” withdrawal but with access to the single market and the customs union.
So far the prime minister had raised a “hard brexit”, the withdrawal of the single market to control immigration, a position that has aroused the concern of the Scottish nationalist government and the British colony of Gibraltar, To the Community market.
Labor spokesman Keir Starmer admitted Tuesday that his country should accept the end of the free movement of people, but said the customs union should be “on the table.” At the same time, Starmer criticized Mr May, speaking to the BBC, for the crisis he has caused by not obtaining, as he wanted to advance the general election, a strong and stable mandate. “I think the prime minister has got us in a mess. He has no mandate here and he has no authority abroad and negotiations start tomorrow,” Starmer said.
Resolving the situation of EU citizens
By notifying by letter to Brussels the British intention to leave the EU on 29 March, May unveiled the negotiating objectives, including resolving the situation of the 3.2 million EU citizens living in the UK and the 1 , 2 million Britons residing in other countries of the Union.
Despite pressure from the Labor opposition that May should unilaterally recognize the rights of the community, the head of government conditioned that measure to a reciprocal gesture for the British living in the EU.
In addition to the situation of the Community, the UK hopes to resolve as soon as possible the “withdrawal note“, a point of tension between the two sides, but that experts put between 60,000 and 100,000 million euros, so that London to meet its already budgeted budget obligations.
“The freedoms of the single market are indivisible”
Another important point for the British Government is the border between the two Irish, as London wants some formula that avoids to return to the border control and to prevent to harm the process of peace sealed with the Agreement of Good Friday of 1998.
In its Article 50 notification letter, May was in favor of a constructive and respectful dialogue, recognizing the EU’s position “that the four freedoms of the single market are indivisible.”
Among the important issues to be negotiated will be security cooperation and the exchange of information between intelligence agencies to combat the terrorist threat. In the economic field, May is in favor of giving certainty and guarantees to companies on both sides in the United Kingdom and the EU, as it considers that they would benefit from a period of implementation that allows a smooth and orderly adjustment to the new provisions.
May may be forced to negotiate a “soft brexit”