The talks come one year since the UK’s referendum on EU membership and three months since the UK formally triggered the Brexit process by writing to the EU. The first meeting primarily focused on process, with the UK and the EU agreeing to a phased negotiation focusing on three priorities, people money, and borders. The three priorities refer to EU and UK citizen’s rights, the UK’s financial settlement, the addressing concerns about Northern Ireland’s border with the Republic of Ireland. Two working groups have been set up to address the first two points, with a third looking at other separation issues. The issue of the Northern Ireland border will be the focus for the two deputies, Olly Robbins & Sabine Weyand. The timeline agreed will include four-week rounds of bargaining, with one week per month of head-to-head bargaining in between. Theresa May was in Brussels this week for the European Council of Heads of Government and State meeting. The Prime Minister outlined the UK’s proposal for EU and UK citizen’s rights, with the detailed plan to be published on Monday.
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