How are the Brexit negotiations structured?

Structure of the Brexit Negotiations


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Brexit negotiators will be working against the clock. But deal or no deal, the UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019.

A year after British people voted for leaving the EU, the negotiations started on the 19th of June 2017. There is a lot at stake and a long process of negotiations is expected to happen, especially when it comes to 3.5 million of EU citizens residing on the Europe’s biggest island, simultaneously the British government worries about their 1.2 million of  citizens working in Europe. It is especially the immigration concern that pushes both sites for a rather fast agreement. Since the negotiations on the 28th of June drew a proposal regarding under what conditions can the EU citizens reside in the UK and vice versa.

During the upcoming 20 months of negotiations the both parties will thrive to reach a common agreement regarding trade conditions, regulations for movement and residing of their abroad-living people, as well as future cooperation between these two key partners.

Brexit talks are lead by two main negotiators, David Davis representing the interests of the British site and Michel Barnier, the appointed negotiator from European commission. During the upcoming 20 months of negotiations the both parties will thrive to come to common agreement regarding trade barriers, conditions for movement and residing of people as well as on trade conditions between these two key partners.

When May still held a majority in the House of Commons, it was supposed that the talks would get more serious after the German elections in fall 2017.

Throughout the Brexit talks, the door remains still open for the UK to change its mind and revoke its decision. However, once Britain leaves the EU, it’s over. The only possibility left for the UK to return would be to apply for EU membership again. And a British minister would be back in Brussels to negotiating all over again, which rather unlikely.

Finally, if the negotiations go slower than expected, the best British negotiators might hope for a few weeks’ extension in March 2019. However, the EU politicians will insist the UK to be gone before European elections happening in May/June 2019 which will show future course of the European dream.

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