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When will the Brexit negotiations start and end, how do they work and has the general election result affected the schedule?

As Britain prepares to begin divorce talks with the EU, we spell out the key points you need to know

IF YOU were hoping to see the back of Brexit any time soon, I’m afraid it will be a long time coming.

Divorce talks between Britain and the European Union will last at least two years as hundreds of dense legal tangles are unpicked, but what exactly will the process involve?


Untangling British and EU laws and deals while securing a smooth transition to a post-Brexit arrangement before 29 March 2019 will be tough work

When will the Brexit negotiations start and end?

Theresa May signalled the start of Brexit talks on 28 March 2017 when she signed the letter triggering Article 50.

It is the piece of EU law that sets the rules for a country choosing to leave the Union. Before Mrs May signed the dotted line, the article had never before been invoked.

The letter was delivered to the European Council President Donald Tusk the following day, starting the clock ticking on a two-year time limit to complete exit talks.

If the limit is not extended, 29 March 2019 will be the day that Britain leaves the European Union — with or without a deal to cover trade, intelligence, customs, free movement and other hugely important matters in place.

Brexit negotiations were due to begin on 19 June 2017.

How will the Brexit negotiations work?

Delegations from the UK and EU will thrash out decisions over separating the UK from European institutions and EU laws.

There has been debate over how quickly the UK can begin negotiating future agreements with the EU over trade and other important matters.

The UK would like to negotiate post-Brexit deals at the same time as working through the divorce talks to ensure a smooth transition when the deadline is reached.

But European leaders fear such a process may be against EU protocol and they could end up handing Britain a deal so advantageous that it may spur on other nations to leave the Union.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Theresa May, the UK side of Brexit negotiations will be led and coordinated by the Department for Exiting the European Union, led by Secretary of State David Davis.

He will be deputised by Sir Tim Barrow, UK Permanent Representative to the EU, while beneath them is be an army of civil servants.

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, and Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, will also be part of the effort to secure post-Brexit trade deals as soon as possible.

The EU delegation will be led by Michel Barnier, The European Commission’s chief negotiator.

Alongside him will be Jean-Claude Juncker, Commission President, Donald Tusk, European Council President, Guy Verhofstadt, European Parliament negotiator and Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament.

What are some of the key issues at stake?

  1. A favourable trade deal between the EU and Britain

  2. EU citizens’ rights in the UK and British citizens’ rights in the EU – plus freedom of movement

  3. Border issues between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

  4. Intelligence sharing and counter-terrorism

  5. EU laws in the UK — what will be kept, what will need to be copied into UK law and what will be scrapped

  6. Financial obligations of the UK to the EU — the so-called “divorce bill”

  7. Jurisdiction of EU courts

  8. Where the EU/UK border lies

  9. Foods, fisheries, financial services, academic research and goods and customs

Has the 2017 snap general election affected the Brexit talks?

Theresa May’s loss of a majority has given the government major headaches over Brexit.

She hinted she may need to seek cross-party advice and support in Brexit talks — possibly even drafting in MPs from other parties to join in the negotiations or other work

The Tories new reliance on Northern Ireland’s DUP will force them to more seriously consider border issues in Ireland.

All parties in the province want to ensure a soft border, which could prove a thorny issue if the government wish to pursue a so-called “hard Brexit”.

Such a scenario would see the UK pulling out of the single market and therefore would require strict customs checks on borders.

A ministerial reshuffle after the election also saw new faces being introduced to the Brexit department, raising fears that inexperienced MPs might struggle during talks.

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