Monday, June 12, 2017

EU, UK Citizens' Status First on Brexit Talks Agenda: Brexit Secretary

The status of UK citizens in the European Union and EU citizens in the United Kingdom will be tackled first in Brexit talks, UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis said Monday, confirming that the negotiations are still set for June 19.

"The very first thing we are going to start out with is the status of European citizens in the UK and British citizens in Europe. They want to do it first, we want to do it first," Davis said in an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today program, Sputnik reported.

He underscored the status issue as "hypersensitive on time because it relates to people's anxiety."

Davis said he would launch the "detailed stages" of talks next Monday, June 19, while Prime Minister Theresa May would conduct "face-to-face" negotiations with the European Council.

The UK Conservative Party will reach a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) after failing to secure a majority last week, UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis said in an interview Monday.

"You have got to bear in mind that they have got to talk to their membership and we have to talk to our MPs [members of parliament] in the [House of] Commons, the [19]22 Committee. That is on the way, but we will arrive at a deal," Davis told BBC Radio 4's Today program.

DUP leader Arlene Foster was cited as saying Sunday that Prime Minister Theresa May planned to meet with her on Tuesday to continue discussions on forming a coalition.

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