Boris Johnson looks for "happy" Brexit resolution

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Merkel said Monday: "I think it is premature to speculate on the first day of the negotiations how they will end".

Asked if that meant no transitional arrangements, she replied: "Well, I'm extremely optimistic that we will find there is a lot we can agree on".

Merkel spoke after meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who also stressed the 27 European Union countries' unity.

But the agreement appeared at odds with British Prime Minister Theresa May's earlier insistence that the divorce and the future relationship should be discussed in parallel.

The talks will be in English and French, they said in a joint statement.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said that the European Union referendum vote, which took place in June 2016, was also a vote for Britain to control its borders.

The EU's Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, spent the weekend mountain hiking near his home in the French Alps.

International Trade Minister Liam Fox will travel to Washington on Monday to explore new trade ties - although no formal negotiations are possible until Britain has actually left the bloc.

The association represents 3,200 businesses with a million employees in Germany making industrial machinery.

Mrs. May also said that Britain will leave the single market as membership is incompatible with restricting immigration.

Davis, noting shared security threats for governments across Europe hours after a van rammed worshippers at a London mosque, said: "There is more that unites us than divides us".

Davis, a prominent "Leave" campaigner in the referendum, said he was approaching the talks in a "constructive way", knowing they will be "difficult at points".

"Our big problem is that we have no picture, no idea at all, what the British want", said German Manfred Weber, the head of the EPP Christian Democrat group in the European Parliament.

Britain believed its negotiating arm was strengthened at that time by anti-EU sentiment in other member countries.

Some Conservatives have called for a more inclusive approach that would include opposition parties as well as stronger voices from Scotland and Northern Ireland, where a majority of voters backed Britain to stay in the EU.

Johnson urged Europeans to look at the more distant future.

But UK government officials insisted they will continue to push for talks on a comprehensive trade agreement to discussed alongside a deal on the withdrawal process. "A deal that supports growth will allow companies to hire more people, raise living standards and improve lives across the country", it adds.

"The whole process will lead to a happy resolution - I think it can be done with profit and with honor for both sides", Johnson said on the sidelines of an European Union foreign ministerial meeting in Luxembourg. "In the long run, this will be good for the United Kingdom and good for the rest of Europe".

Amid reports that May is set to make a "generous offer" on the rights of European Union citizens remaining in Britain, the source said London had been warned against doing so this week, on the grounds that it could drag up the thorny issue before talks had really got going. Exposed as he has been to the details, he knows that on everything from building customs facilities at Dover to securing essential landing rights for British-based airlines, we face an enormous task that risks overwhelming the capacity of the state.

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