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United Kingdom seeks progress on citizens' rights as Brexit talks resume

United Kingdom seeks progress on citizens' rights as Brexit talks resume

The British side had urged over the past months an immediate start of trade talks, but Barnier had insisted that key issues of Brexit must be dealt with before trade talks begin.

He said the leak undermined his plan to make the future of the British economy the central focus of the Brexit talks, ahead of Britain-EU immigration policies.

This week's talks are also set to address more detailed concerns such as Britain's future in Euratom, the EU's nuclear safety agency, and the role of the European Court of Justice, the EU's top court.

"We'll now delve into the heart of the matter", Barnier told reporters, declining questions until the end of this round of talks on Thursday. The issue of citizens' rights, the issue of finance, the issue of separation issues and, of course, separately, Northern Ireland.

"Five weeks ago the idea of a transition period was quite a new concept, I think now you would find that pretty much everybody around the cabinet table accepts that there will be some kind of transition", Hammond told the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

Earlier estimates put the bill between €60 billion and €100 billion.

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The group Migration Watch, which argues for lower immigration, said in a report that if the United Kingdom remains in the single market and thus subject to free-movement rules after Brexit, net migration from the European Union is likely to continue at about 125,000 people a year for at least the next decade, keeping overall annual net migration at about 250,000.

The rowing will be seen as further evidence of Theresa May's weakness after seeing her Commons majority wiped out in last month's general election.

On Thursday, the British government introduced a draft law that would formally end Britain's European Union membership, as preparation for eventually divorcing the bloc and gaining back legislation power of parliaments. "But a Labour Brexit would look very different to the race-to-the-bottom tax haven backed by this Conservative government", he said.

Davis's urgency has a practical reason: with the clock ticking down to Britain's scheduled European Union exit in March 2019, citizens' rights is one of three areas, along with the Irish border and Britain's exit bill, that European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier says need sufficient progress before he'll discuss future ties with the UK.

"David Davis has vowed to "get down to business" and hit the "substance" of Brexit talks as a new round kicks off today", wrote the Daily Mirror.

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