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UK pushes for talks about the future; EU wants divorce first

BRUSSELS: British officials arrive in Brussels on Monday hoping to push the EU towards talks about post-Brexit ties, which the bloc refuses to launch until there is a deal on London’s exit bill and other “divorce” questions.

The third round of Brexit talks comes more than a year after Britons voted in a referendum to leave the European Union.

The chief Brexit negotiators, the EU’s Michel Barnier and Britain’s David Davis, will meet at 1500 GMT. More technical talks on Tuesday and Wednesday will tackle expatriate rights, the divorce bill and “other separation issues”.

Senior officials will also discuss the problem of the future border between EU state Ireland and the United Kingdom’s Northern Ireland.

“Citizens’ rights, Ireland and financial settlement are priorities before talks about the future,” the European Parliament’s Brexit pointman, Guy Verhofstadt, said after meeting Barnier on Monday.-UNS

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