Germany: No Punishment For UK, But EU Exit Good For No One

The two chief negotiators, Michel Barnier of the European Union and David Davis from Britain, immediately set off to find common ground in their working relationship, an important touchstone to see how amicable the biggest political divorce in decades will become.

Still, the May's government said in a statement it was "confident it can achieve a bold and ambitious deal that will work in the interest of the whole United Kingdom". It left an image of a dysfunctional Britain coming up against a well-oiled European Union negotiating machine. He noted the European Union wants to discuss divorce terms before moving on to the shape of its future relations with Britain.

The pound, which has since past year become a proxy for the market's view of Britain's Brexit prospects, was on the front foot on Monday morning, up more than 0.1% against both dollar and euro amid a picture that traders said was highly confusing.

Davis, who unlike May has long campaigned to leave the EU, will meet chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier, a former French minister, at the European Commission's Berlaymont headquarters at 11 a.m.

Davis said he was looking for a "positive and constructive tone" to deal with the myriad issues dividing both sides.

The head of the biggest group in the European Parliament says that what Britain wants out of the Brexit talks is a mystery as negotiations get underway.

He added: "The United Kingdom has chose to leave the European Union, it is not the other way around".

The Chancellor told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show: "What we put in place may not be a single arrangement that endures forever, it may be an arrangement which lasts for a couple of years as a temporary measure before we get to the long-term agreed status quo".

He added: "It's not as if Europe is leaving Britain; Britain wants to leave the EU".

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said: "If we don't succeed both sides will lose".

Before the General Election, ministers insisted talks on a future trading relationship must take place in parallel with negotiations on the divorce from Brussels, with Mr Davis warning in May it would be the "row of the summer".

Still, Johnson called on people to look at the more distant future.

"I think the most important thing now is for us to look to the horizon, to raise our eyes to the horizon, think about the future, think about the new partnership - the deep and special partnership - that we want to build with our friends".

A senior German official is stressing that the European Union doesn't want to punish Britain for leaving, but says its departure will not be good for the United Kingdom or the rest of the EU. In an interview published on Sunday, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said he hoped that Washington will fix the previous administration's mistakes in relations with Russian Federation.

Roth said that "Brexit is a very, very hard operation" and there's only a bit over a year to negotiate it. "Furthermore, that key pro-EU Conservative MPs including the Chancellors Philip Hammond, are more active thantn before in pushing for an exit that puts the economy and jobs first makes a softer Brexit more likely".

He said: "It is at testing times like these that we are reminded of the values and the resolve that we share with our closest allies in Europe".