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Brexit: Michel Barnier first meeting – David Davis in Brussels

The official negotiators for Brexit met in Brussels on Monday, November 21st, 2016. David Davis warned that he was not to open negotiations but simply a first meeting with Michel Barnier. The Briton will meet on Thursday in Strasbourg, the negotiator of the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt.

The British Minister of Brexit, David Davis, was in Brussels on Monday to meet for the first time Michel Barnier, the chief negotiator for the European Commission on Brexit, before traveling to Strasbourg.

These visits, the first of Davis from the vote in favor of leaving the EU, “are not used to open negotiations, which will only begin after the activation of Article 50, but to clear the ground in for a constructive dialogue and a peaceful and orderly exit for the benefit of all “ , said the ministry.


A spokesman David Davis said he was to meet the French Michel Barnier in Brussels before visiting in Strasbourg Belgian Guy Verhofstadt who is to negotiate the Brexit on behalf of the European Parliament.

Davis “should use these visits to express its determination to address in good faith negotiations and work towards an agreement that benefits the United Kingdom and the European Union”, the ministry said in a statement .

“The UK will continue to be a country open to the world, as it always has been. I am confident that we will be able, by working together, to forge an agreement that is in the interests of the UK and the rest of the European Union ” , was to defend Mr. Davis, the statement said.

The British Prime Minister Theresa May, who attended his first EU summit in late October in Brussels, Promised to initiate divorce proceedings with the EU by the end of March 2017. Its European partners have ruled out any negotiations start before the outbreak of the article of the Lisbon Treaty will sign the launch of this procedure

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