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Britain, EU to begin Brexit negotiations Monday

Guy Verhofstadt Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiator said there would be a price if the UK changed its mind Guy Verhofstadt Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiator said there would be a price if the UK changed its mind Yui Mok PA
Sveva Terracina | 19 Giugno, 2017, 02:36

The talks are being closely watched in European capitals as they could delay the expected start of Brexit negotiations next week, as well as change Britain's entire approach to its EU withdrawal. They are also irked by her refusal to say Britain will definitely pay what Brussels calls a "hefty bill" - some ministers have even said the European Union may owe London money.

Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill said: "I will be making it very clear that any deal between the Tories and the DUP can not be allowed to undermine the Good Friday and subsequent agreements".

"And I confirmed to President Macron that the timetable for the Brexit negotiation remains on course and will begin next week".

Besides forging a deal to keep her job and preparing for Brexit talks, May is grappling with a crisis over the breakdown in power-sharing between the pro-British DUP and the Catholic nationalist Sinn Fein party in Northern Ireland's separate, devolved government. "I can't negotiate with myself", he told The Financial Times.

May wants to negotiate the divorce and the future trading relationship with the European Union before Britain leaves in March 2019, followed by what she calls a phased implementation process to give business time to prepare for the impact of the divorce.


"But let us be clear and organised and once the negotiations have started we should be well aware that it'll be more hard to move backwards".

Since May's Conservative Party failed to win a majority in last week's general election, there has been a lot of debate over the impact on the Brexit discussions and whether the British government will be more open to compromising on some issues, like trade.

"Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Chief Negotiator, and David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, agreed today to launch Article 50 negotiations on Monday, June 19", read the joint statement issued by the European Commission and Britain's Department for Exiting the European Union.

May has dismissed calls to resign following the dismal election result after calling a vote three years early in the hope of bolstering her slim majority ahead of the Brexit talks.

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