Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Brexit minister Davis says United Kingdom could still walk away with no deal


His comments come after the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, warned London to "not waste time" and begin negotiations as soon as possible.

Under the "no deal, cliff edge" withdrawal, the United Kingdom would leave the European Union and implement World Trade Organisation rules which would mean tariffs on goods exported from the United Kingdom to the European Union - which amount to 44% of United Kingdom outward trade.

The British government says that the talks to leave the European Union will start Monday, as planned.

A DExEU spokesman said: "As we set out in the Article 50 letter, our view is that withdrawal agreement and terms of the future relationship must be agreed alongside each other".

"We are impatiently waiting for the negotiating position of the United Kingdom gov (ernment)". Thus we must begin this negotiation.

The European Commission said it is prepared for the negotiations to start as soon as the United Kingdom is ready but refused to give a date. "I can't negotiate with myself", he told European newspapers including the Financial Times.

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The Prime Minister has insisted the United Kingdom will leave the single market, replace customs union membership with a new deal and end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

May has said Britain will leave both the single market and the customs union.

But the Government will press ahead with the first round of Brexit talks two days before the official opening of Parliament.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May had hoped to enter negotiations with a strong bargaining hand, but the recent snap general elections have left her without a majority in Parliament and mired in talks between her Conservative Party and the minor Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland in a bid to achieve a ruling pact. The greater the majority, the easier it is to push through legislation.

Social Democrat leader Gianni Pittella, of Italy, added: "If you stake everything on a landslide, sometimes you lose everything."Nigel Farage, former head of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party, admitted that after May's election disaster Britain is in a "very weak" negotiating position". The party still won the largest number of seats and votes - with 318 seats and 12,667,213 votes (42.8% of the overall vote).

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