Tusk holds out hope that Brexit can be reversed

Key leaders in UK economy argue for cooperative Brexit talks

Key leaders in UK economy argue for cooperative Brexit talks

What are the current plans for them, asks Martin Banks?

May has repeatedly insisted she is not willing to guarantee their future without a reciprocal pledge about the future of British citizens living in other European Union countries.

While the European Union negotiating team led by Barnier has been ready for months, British efforts on Brexit stalled even after it triggered the two-year process on March 29.

"We are citizens first". But what is not known yet is just how complex such a process will be.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said going into an European Union summit starting Thursday that she will set out how she proposes to protect the rights of European Union citizens in Britain while looking for similar protection for Britons living elsewhere in the bloc.

Of course, British expats living in Europe are able to go down a similar path and take out nationality of the country in which he/she resides.

Oh, would that the process was as straightforward for European Union citizens in the UK. The UK's position is primarily set out in the February white paper and the Article 50 notification letter, sent in March.

"The question then will be: is it better to have freedom to strike new deals across the world or are we better off staying with deals that are struck by the EU?" Oh, and it also includes the biggest decision the country has faced in decades.

Calling Brexit "a pity", Lithuania's outspoken President Dalia Grybauskaite said: "We need to think about the future, and the sooner we settle the future the better for all of us".

Terms of reference agreed by both sides envisage four rounds of talks on the first phase of discussions, in the weeks starting July 17, August 28, September 18 and October 9, implying trade talks are unlikely to open until after the European Council summit in October. It all depends on the outcome of negotiations by our politicians.

While Westminster and Brussels appear to agree on the need to prioritize citizens' rights, to bring certainty to 3.5 million EU nationals in the United Kingdom and 1.2 million Britons in Europe, such consensus may be deceptive - the EU demands the European Court of Justice be the ultimate arbiter in resolving disputes on the issue, which may be unacceptable to hardline Brexiteers, who specifically seek to end the ECJ's jurisdiction over the UK.

The 60-year-old Pole has combined steely resolve in consultations with a human tough in personal relations to keep in line the political left and right and the geographic North and South. However, France - for one - has not signed the treaty, and neither it seems has the EU.

Soros said that if Prime Minister Theresa May wanted to stay in power, she would have to change her approach and take account of young people who he said wanted to find well-paying jobs.

"Why compromise with May when she's so weak?" he said.

Her office at Downing Street declined to reveal details about the proposals on citizens' rights. "I will do all I can to put emotion to one side", Barnier said.

The Prime Minister will brief European counterparts at a summit meeting before the Government sets out detailed plans on Monday.

European Union chief Donald Tusk says 27 European nations are poised to approve a procedure to share Europe-wide agencies now based in Britain after it leaves the bloc. "I am not holding my breath".

"In Europe, I never have illusions because I don't want to lose them", Juncker said.

George Soros, the billionaire who earned fame by betting against the pound in 1992, said Britain was approaching a tipping point that would see the economy slow to such an extent that Brexit might even be reversed.

"Theresa May's government by contrast has committed itself to nothing".

He added: "Like millions of Brits living overseas, I am now ashamed of my nationality".

Mrs May also promised that the system will be streamlined, doing away with the 85-page permanent residency application form which has been the subject of loud complaints from European Union expats.

Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, refused on Sunday to say whether Labour would support the Great Repeal Bill, saying he would wait to study the legislation.

"As well as saving lives, this will provide vulnerable people with meaningful alternatives to the treacherous crossings into Europe".

So far, so good, for the head of the European Union summits, who must make sure that all 27 nations show no divisions during the talks.

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