Brexit talks to start in Brussels

Michel Barnier

Michel Barnier

Brexit Secretary David Davis will attempt to reassure EU negotiators over Britain's plan to guarantee the future rights of European nationals living in the United Kingdom amid deep scepticism in Brussels.

In a statement to the United Kingdom parliament last week, Joyce Anelay, a Brexit minister, gave the first explicit acknowledgement that Britain would meet its obligations before exiting the EU.

Yet after Corbyn deprived Theresa May of a majority in June's election, increasing Labour seats and votes on the way, Blair has been forced to concede he was wrong about the popularity of the new regime's policy agenda.

"The British people's attitude to Europe is ambivalent", Blair said.

In an article titled "Brexit and the Centre", published on Saturday by Blair's Institute for Global Change, he wrote that European Union leaders might be willing to "reform and meet us half way" to keep the United Kingdom in the bloc. In a lengthy article released by his own political institute, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Blair said an "unchanged Corbyn programme" introduced at the same time as Brexit would prove disastrous for the country.

The study also found a number of other significant policy points where Brits profoundly disagreed with the globalist former prime minister.

The priorities, notably rights for expatriate citizens, how much Britain may owe to the EU budget and how to manage the new EU-UK border, especially with Ireland, are ones both sides want to settle in a withdrawal treaty.

European Union leaders have already rejected Theresa May's "generous offer" to European Union citizens in the United Kingdom as falling short, insisting it will deprive them of some current rights.

He said yesterday that "public opinion is moving on it" and urged voters to think again about Brexit.

Tony Blair argues that the election of the French president Emmanuel Macron has changed the european dynamic.

But, like non-EU immigrants now, they would lose the right to vote in local elections in Britain and would be subject to minimum salary requirements to be able to bring family members into the country. "I'm not going to disclose conversations I've had within Europe, but I'm not saying this literally on the basis of a whim".

'Secondly, I think although significant numbers of people for sure voted for him with enthusiasm, I think there were an bad lot of people voted for him because they couldn't stomach the Tories and wanted to make a point. As to how Brexit negotiations should progress, the poll finds the largest group supports a hard Brexit, and just one-fifth support a second referendum. "I have to say, "no, I think it's possible you end up with Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister".

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