Fri, Jul 28, 2017 | updated 10:07 AM IST

Brexit negotiations to start formally on June 19

Updated: May 19, 2017 20:47 IST      
Brexit negotiations to start formally on June 19

Brussels [Belgium], May 19 (ANI): June 19 is the first formal day of talks between Britain and the European Union (EU) about its withdrawal from the bloc.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has decided the date, reports the Guardian.

On the day of formal talks, Barnier will face British Brexit secretary David Davis, for the first day of an arduous 15 months of negotiations to lay out the terms of the United Kingdom's exit.

According to the report, it is understood that the European commission's Brexit taskforce, led by Barnier, shared the proposed date with key figures in Brussels last week.

The EU officials are yet to discuss any logistics with the U.K., however, due to an ongoing row with Theresa May's Government over its blocking of a mid-term review of the bloc's budget.

Plans for pre-talk discussion over how the negotiations could be handled were cancelled by a furious Brussels last month when Britain vetoed the shuffling of the EU budget to priority areas, such as the migration crisis.

The British Government claimed purdah rules, blocking key decisions being made imminent of the general election on June 8, enraging the commission which saw this as an obstacle to its agreement to budgetary changes.

The EU wants negotiations to be divided into four-week cycles, each focussed on a key issue. Week one would involve political preparation, followed by a week where documents would be disclosed by both sides.

The third week would see Barnier and Davis sitting down to talk, mainly in Brussels but also, potentially, in London. In the final week, Barnier would report on the results of the negotiations to the 27 member states and the European parliament.

The EU's negotiator wants to reach to an agreement on citizens' rights, the U.K.'s divorce bill and on the border of Ireland in a first phase of talks he hopes will be concluded by the end of 2017.

British Prime Minister Theresa May formally notified the European council of the U.K.'s decision to leave the EU on March 29 this year, some nine months after last June's referendum. (ANI)

Panamagate verdict: SC to decide Nawaz Sharif's fate today

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 09:39 IST     

Islamabad[Pakistan], July 28 (ANI): A five-judge bench of Pakistan Supreme Court is set to announce the verdict in the Panama Papers case on Friday, thereby deciding the fate of a thrice-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Full Story >>

Japanese Defence Minister resigns, blow to Shinzo Abe

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 09:24 IST     

London [U.K.], July. 28 (ANI): Japan's defence minister, Tomomi Inada, resigned over charges of helping cover up internal records which showed the dangers being faced by Japanese peacekeepers in South Sudan.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 28 (ANI): Given the reality that many terror groups like The Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Taiba continue to operate from its soil, Pakistan must accept responsibility for its negative global image, said former Pakistan envoy to Washington Hussain Haqqani.

Full Story >>

U.S calls on NSG members to support India's application

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 07:44 IST     

New York [U.S.A], July 28 (ANI): The U.S. Department of Defense and Department of State have submitted a joint report to the Congress, in which it has reiterated the support by the United States towards the inclusion of India in the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

Full Story >>

Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump's desk

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 06:40 IST     

New York [U.S.], July 28 (ANI): The Senate on Thursday passed sweeping legislation slapping new sanctions on Russia and rebuking President Donald Trump in a bill that now will head to the President's desk.

Full Story >>

Amsterdam [The Netherlands], July 28 (ANI): Amid the ongoing Panamagate controversy, China and the Pakistani Army are trying to ensure that the construction of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) does not face any disruption, thus, making it clear that their interests are more important than the hard-earned money of Pakistani tax-payers, said a recent report by the European Foundation For South Asian Studies.

Full Story >>

Republicans threaten to block `skinny` health care bill

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 04:57 IST     

New York [U.S.], July 28 (ANI): The Republican Party's effort to repeal Obamacare fell into turmoil on Thursday evening, when four key GOP senators demanded guarantees that House will enter negotiations or they'll scuttle the bill.

Full Story >>

Boy Scouts Chief apologizes for President Trump's rhetoric

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 04:04 IST     

New York [U.S.A.], July 28 (ANI) : The Chief of the Boy Scouts of America has apologized to the scouting community who may have been offended or alarmed by President Donald Trump's speech at the organization's National Jamboree, earlier this week.

Full Story >>

Russia will retaliate if sanctions are signed into law: Putin

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 03:36 IST     

Moscow [Russia], July 28 (ANI): As Russia sanctions bill heads to the Senate after passing through the House of Representatives, President Vladimir Putin has accused U.S. lawmakers of "insolence", and stated that Russia will retaliate if the latest round of sanctions are signed into law.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.] , July 28 (ANI) : Responding on President Donald Trump's announcement to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said that till date, he has not received any "directives on implementation" for the same.

Full Story >>

Caracas [Venezuela], July 28 (ANI): Venezuela is in state of a crisis as government has banned all protests that could affect or "disturb" Sunday's vote called by President Nicolas Maduro to elect a new lawmaking body known as the Constituent Assembly to rewrite the 1999 constitution.

Full Story >>

Beirut [Lebanon], July 28 (ANI):The Lebanese armed group Hezbollah and the Syrian army jointly won the battle against al-Nusra Front and re-captured the mountainous area around the town of Fleita region of Jaroud Arsal near the Lebanese-Syrian border.

Full Story >>

Beijing [China], July 27 (ANI): Indian National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Thursday met his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi in the first high-level meeting between the two sides since the military stand-off in the Doklam tri-junction region that broke out last month.

Full Story >>

Seattle (Washington) [U.S.A.], July 27 (ANI): Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Thursday took away the mantle of world's richest person from Bill Gates.

Full Story >>

Michelle Obama talks about racism that cut her 'the deepest'

Updated: Jul 27, 2017 21:43 IST     

Colorado [U.S.A.], July 27 (ANI): Former first lady of the United States Michelle Obama recently talked about women empowerment as well as racism that has left many a scar on her.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 27 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan shockingly announced on Thursday that he will resign from his office and exit from politics altogether on the day of the Panamagate verdict.

Full Story >>

Russia appoints new ambassador to UN, UNSC

Updated: Jul 27, 2017 17:58 IST     

Moscow [Russia], July 27 (ANI): Former Russian deputy foreign minister Vasily Nebenzya has been appointed as the Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations and the UN Security Council.

Full Story >>

Jerusalem [Israel], July 27 (ANI): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Qatar-based media broadcaster Al Jazeera network of fermenting violence in the Old City, that houses Temple Mount and the Noble Sanctuary, following the recent clashes between Palestinian Muslim worshippers and Israeli forces.

Full Story >>

Kathmandu [Nepal], July 27 (ANI): Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education Gopal Man Shrestha has urged India to play a positive role in reducing growing trade deficit of the country in the present context.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 27 (ANI): Afghan security forces have rescued the two Pakistani diplomats who were abducted over 40 days ago in eastern Nangarhar province.

Full Story >>