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

The "hardball" European Commission chief negotiator will be across the table from Mr Davis and has already been established as a something of a villain for Brexiteers.

The negotiations come against the backdrop of an increasingly fractious political climate in the United Kingdom following the general election, and the fallout from the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.

The Queen's Speech traditionally takes place during the ceremonial State Opening of Parliament, which this year was planned for Monday and has since been postponed to Wednesday as the Conservative party stitched up its deal with the Democratic Unionist Party for support of its minority government. A deal like no other in history.

He will launch negotiations for Britain's exit from the European Union opposite the European Commission's chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

It comes as the chancellor, Philip Hammond, appeared to be at odds with the prime minister as he told BBC's Andrew Marr show yesterday that leaving in 2019 with no deal "would be a very, very bad outcome for Britain". Although there has been no official figure from Brussels, reports suggest that it will be looking for a "divorce bill" of £50 billion - or higher - in settlement of the UK's outstanding liabilities. "Free movement" would also end (to limit immigration from European Union countries), and Britain would flourish all alone thanks to its genius for free trade.

Formal talks to agree a host of issues around the terms of the UK's departure from the bloc will begin on Monday, nearly a year to the day after the referendum vote to leave.

Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly insisted the Government is prepared to walk away from the talks, claiming no deal is better than a bad deal.

BREXIT secretary David Davis will call for a "deal like no other in history" as negotiations for Britain's European Union exit begin today.

Meanwhile, her government plans to have the next Parliament hold a two-year session to deal with the expected onslaught of Brexit-related legislation.

Still, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson remained upbeat Monday and thinks that the Brexit negotiations will yield "a happy resolution that can be done with profit and honor for both sides".

24 September: German elections.

Then it became apparent that the former prime minister failed to draw up any contingency plans in case this country chose to quit Brussels' rule.

May spent Thursday in talks with each of the five main political parties from Northern Ireland, including the DUP, aimed at getting a power-sharing executive running in the province before a June 29 deadline.

This first meeting will last just a day with a joint news conference expected by both Mr Davis and his opposite number Michel Barnier at the end of the day. If so, it could have to be ratified by up to 38 national and regional parliaments, with any of them effectively holding a veto.

International Trade Minister Liam Fox will be travelling to Washington on Monday to explore new trade ties - although no formal negotiations are possible until Britain has actually left the bloc. "We have to be very clear that we're not going to do it in a way that damages the economy", he said.

The UK is reportedly planning to make a generous offer to the three million European Union nationals living in Britain so long as it's reciprocated for the one million Britons residing on the continent.

On this date Britain will be out of the European Union whether or not a withdrawal agreement has been reached.

  • Arturo Norris