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Official talks on Brexit to start Monday

Frank Williams | 18 June, 2017, 13:55

A spokesman for May's Downing Street office refused to discuss the talks. The UK Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to be pressurised to soften their stance to Brexit after losing her parliamentary majority in the previous week.

Brexit Secretary David Davis will meet with the European Commission's chief negotiator Michel Barnier at 11am local time in Brussels on Monday to begin more than seven hours of official talks.

'If the government cannot even secure a deal with the DUP, how on earth can they get a deal with the EU?

But with so much at stake for Britain and its $2.5 trillion economy, pressure was mounting on May heed other voices. "She is a formidably good prime minister".

It noted how Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty states divorce talks should take account of a departing member state's future relationship with the bloc.

Before the election, May proposed a clean break from the European Union, involving withdrawal from the European Union single market, limits on immigration and a bespoke customs deal with the EU.

Britain must quickly end the "uncertainty" over Brexit talks caused by a chaotic election result, the European Parliament's Brexit pointman, Guy Verhofstadt, said Tuesday.

It is not known how fruitful the talks were, but sources close to Mr Barnier have told Sky News that the two sides have agreed to have further contact at later this week. "The reality is that where we stand follows logically from leaving so, if we're leaving, what we need to do is do it smoothly and successfully and gain economic benefit".

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Emanuel Macron said he wanted to see Brexit negotiations start as soon as possible. "The current uncertainty can not continue", Verhofstadt said on Twitter.

"Like Alice in Wonderland, not all the doors are the same".

Foster said her party would go into the talks "with the national interest at heart".

Britain's ruling Conservative party unexpectedly lost its parliamentary majority last week, weakening Prime Minister Theresa May just days before negotiations over the UK's departure from the European Union began. Divisions over Europe helped sink the premierships of Margaret Thatcher, Major and Cameron, and many of her lawmakers and party membership support a sharp break with the EU.

Scottish Conservatives' leader Ruth Davidson, whose influence has grown dramatically with the election of 13 Tories north of the border, has already broken cover to say "this isn't just going to be a Tory Brexit".

"As of yet, no date for opening the negotiations has been agreed", an European Union official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The Conservatives are still negotiating with the Democratic Unionist Party over whether their 10 MPs will support the Tories' minority government.

London's neutrality is key to the delicate balance of power in Northern Ireland, which was once plagued by violence over Britain's control of the province.

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