Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Germany: no punishment for UK, but EU exit good for no one

Macron said that the EU's door has always been open for Britain should it abandon plans for its Brexit.

The point is she is not a unifying figure any more.

Negotiations with Brussels begin tomorrow, despite the Prime Minister losing her majority in an election she had said was specifically about aquiring a mandate for her Brexit policy.

The Prime Minister's legacy will be defined by whether she makes good on her promise to make a success of Brexit. The question of whether in the end we stay in the customs union is one that we need to address when we get to the end of the negotiating process because it will depend on what level of access we've got to the Single Market.

The prospect of a deal between the two parties has caused disquiet, with the DUP's anti-abortion and gay rights stance in the crosshairs. "So I'm afraid to say there is no goodwill towards her".

May gambled that a strong election win, as forecast by some pollsters, would boost her majority in the House of Commons in time for the Brexit talks, but instead, her party surrendered 13 seats in the lower chamber.

Britain has less than two years to negotiate the terms of the divorce and the outlines of the future relationship before it is due to leave in late March 2019.

European Union officials suggested the apparent climbdown could buy May's unstable government breathing space to actually decide what kind of future relationship it wants.

Ordinary Britons are also beginning to feel the cost of Brexit because of higher import prices caused by a plunge in the pound and businesses are increasingly anxious about losing trade access.

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With May still hammering out the details of a post-election deal to stay in power with the support of a small Northern Irish party, there are fears of a disorderly exit that would weaken the West, imperil Britain's $2.5 trillion economy and undermine London's position as the only financial center to rival NY.

It means Her Majesty, who will officially open this parliament on Wednesday, will not introduce the government's legislative programme in 2018.

"Depending on a hard or soft Brexit, that number might be slightly less than that, so it's going to be updated all the time", its United Kingdom chief executive Ian Stuart told BBC television.

With discontent in europhile Scotland and troubled Northern Ireland, which faces a new European Union border across the divided island, Brexit poses new threats to the integrity of the United Kingdom.

He's been deputy to the Brexit Secretary David Davis and involved in preparation for the negotiations.

Working groups will be set up to focus on three key areas - the status of EU citizens living in Britain and British citizens living in the EU; the divorce bill for Britain; and the future of the Northern Irish border with EU member Ireland. "A deal like no other in history", Davis said in a statement as he headed into the talks.

"I think it was a mistake that we didn't spend more time and resources taking apart Jeremy Corbyn's economic proposals and his spending plans, which are frankly incredible and would do enormous damage to this country, to our jobs, to our economy".

She told BBC One's Sunday Politics: "Where you have politicians right across the European Union and the United Kingdom who share the desire for a successful outcome, with low tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, free trade between ourselves, co-operation on security and so on, it should be perfectly possible to meet the time frame".

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