The UK will make its guidelines public for talks on leaving the European Union by the time it triggers Article 50 and begins the process of exiting the EU.
EU Brexit Secretary, David Davis has announced that the UK’s exit negotiations will not be made public until Article 50 has been triggered when clear negotiating guidelines would be published claiming that full transparency is not in the country’s best interests.
This follows the Prime Minister’s, response when pressed on whether a preferred Brexit deal would include full membership of the EU’s single market, “The new relationship will include control of the movement of people from the EU into the UK, and it will include the right deal for the trade in goods and services … it would not be right for me or this government to give a running commentary on negotiations”.
Meanwhile, there have been suggestions that a planned EU waiver scheme based on the United States ESTA system could apply to British holidaymakers and business travellers after Brexit. Amber Rudd, home secretary, confirmed that this could be the case, “I don’t think it’s particularly desirable, but we don’t rule it out because we have to be allowed a free hand to get the best negotiations. It’s a reminder that this is a two-way negotiation. The EU … will be considering their negotiations with us, just as we are with them.” Rudd also commented that the government had discussed work permits for EU nationals in Britain as a possible way to control immigration.