[Brexit Negotiations]: Third round of negotiations with European Commission, Brussels, 28-31 August 2017

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Series Details 25.08.17
Publication Date 28/08/2017
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Brexit Negotiations

+ 29 March 2017: The UK triggered Article 50, the process for the start of the negotiations for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

+ 19 June 2017: 1st Round

+ 17-20 July 2017: 2nd Round

+ 28-31 August 2017: 3rd Round

+ 25-28 September 2017: 4th Round

Further negotiating rounds scheduled for September and October 2017 leading up to the European Council, Brussels, 19-20 October 2017 at which the European Commision and EU 27 would decide whether 'sufficient progress' had been made in the first phase of the negotiations to permit a move to a second phase, which would include discussion of topics such as free trade, customs, justice and home affairs issues, and transition arrangements.

Position Papers from the UK Government
During August 2017 the UK published a series of further position papers in advance of the 3rd Round of Negotiations.

The first of these was published on the 15 August 2017 and presented the UK's negotiating position on future customs arrangements between the EU and UK.

The second of these was published on the 16 August 2017 and outlined the UK’s position on addressing the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland and the land border with Ireland.

The third and fourth papers were published on the 21 August 2017 and dealt with Continuity in the availability of goods for the EU and the UK and Confidentiality and access to documents.

The fifth position paper was published on the 22 August 2017 and dealt with civil judicial cooperation.

The sixth position paper was published on the 23 August 2017 and dealt with Enforcement and dispute resolution

The seventh position paper was published on the 24 August 2017 and dealt with the exchange and protection of personal data.

The eighth position paper was published on the 6 September 2017 and dealt with Collaboration on science and innovation.

The ninth position paper was published on the 12 September 2017 and discussed options for foreign policy, defence and development collaboration in the proposed future partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

The tenth position paper was published on the 18 September 2017. This paper discussed options for maintaining internal security collaboration in the future partnership. The third round of negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Commission took place in Brussels between the 28 and 31 August 2017. They were led by David Davis, head of the Department for Exiting the European Union, and Michel Barnier, Chief Negotiator for the European Commission's Taskforce on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom.

There were three negotiating groups covering:

+ citizens’ rights
+ financial settlement
+ other separation issues (such such as Euratom, EU external agreements and dispute resolution).

The issues related to Northern Ireland and the governance of the withdrawal agreement were addressed by the Coordinators.

In the closing speeches on the negotiations on the 31 August 2017 both Michel Barnier and David Davis expressed dissatisfaction and frustration with the lack of progress.

Source Link https://www.gov.uk/government/news/programme-for-third-round-of-negotiations-with-european-commission
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