One of the big cons of the 2017 General Election was the impression that Theresa May would be involved in Brexit negotiations. Remember the election campaign was all me, me, me as far as May was concerned. This blog post aims to highlight, over the next two years, the progress made in these talks, and whether she is ever at the table.
From The Times – 3rd May 2017…..
Theresa May will be barred from negotiating the terms of Brexit with her fellow European Union leaders, senior figures in Brussels have warned.
In a sign of an increasingly hardline approach, the prime minister will be prevented from joining discussions at future EU heads of state meetings, she has been told. The only person with whom she can sit down for talks is the European Commission’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier.
The EU leaders’ position contradicts Mrs May’s insistence during a campaign speech last week that she would personally negotiate Brexit with the “prime ministers, presidents and chancellors of Europe”.
There are 3 strands to the talks…..
Determining the value of our exit ‘bill’
Citizens Rights/Status of EU nationals
Other withdrawal issues
A separate continuing dialogue will discuss the Northern Ireland/Ireland border, which may take up to March 2019 to complete.
Discussions between David Davis and Michel Barnier will take place for one week in every month until Oct 2017
First Round – June 19th 2017 – SoS for Exiting the EU David Davis goes, to begin talks. Terms of reference discussed.
Second Round – July 17th 2017 – David Davis didn’t stay much past the press call, the BBC reports. They say officials were left to do the negotiating. Why did he go?
Back in London the same day! Click Here
Third Round – August 28th 2017 – EU says ” no “decisive” progress
Fourth Round – September 28th June 2017 – EU says “No sufficient progress” UK says “made considerable progress on the issues that matter”
Theresa May doesn’t attend any of the above talks…..