“While there is a long road ahead, our destination is clear—a deep and special partnership between the UK and the EU. A deal like no other in history. I look forward to beginning work on that new future today.”
“We must first tackle the uncertainties caused by Brexit - first, for citizens but also for the beneficiaries of EU policies and for the impact on borders, in particular Ireland."
“It’s been a year since the referendum. Time is running out. This is a major event, and it’s not about negotiating peanuts.” The EU treaties have set a timeline of two years for the exit, which means that at the end of March 2019, the UK will leave the EU. This must be taken into account, according to Asselborn. He thought that this first round of negotiations would be about getting a feel for each other.
The Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz added: “One cannot prolong indefinitely the state we’re in; Brexit must be dealt with.” He stated that he would favour a solution which would make it less appealing to be outside than inside the EU.