Britain-EU Brexit talks to start Monday as planned

  • Britain-EU Brexit talks to start Monday as planned

Britain-EU Brexit talks to start Monday as planned

"I want them to start next week (talks)". There is a steady dialogue between the two sides that has never stopped at any point.

The expectation in Brussels is that it will take at least until September at the Conservative Party's conference to iron out what the end-goal for the

"The only thing I know is that there is an Article 50 request and we have been preparing ourselves for a long time to start negotiations on that basis".

But after a generation of discord over Europe inside her party, May's future could depend on her ability to please both the eurosceptic and pro-European factions in her party.

May said on Tuesday that talks with the DUP had been productive - a view shared by DUP leader Arlene Foster - and that Brexit negotiations would begin as planned next week.

This first phase could take many weeks.

"We want to see a Brexit that works for everybody, not just in Northern Ireland from my perspective but in the Republic of Ireland as well, so it is about a sensible Brexit", Foster told reporters in Dublin.

It is understood there's "broad agreement" on the principles of the Queen's Speech - now due on Wednesday - which will set out the government's plans. But public trust in the government is faltering, and May's own poll ratings have plummeted since Election Day.

HSBC, which has 43,000 employees in Britain, said in January that it was planning to move "activities covered specifically by European financial regulation" to the EU, which would shift about 1,000 jobs out of the UK.

Theresa May needs the votes of the DUP's 10 MPs to prop up her minority administration as she hopes to steer government business - including crucial measures on Brexit - through the Commons.

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The Conservative source said: "We're confident of getting an agreement, we're confident that the Queen's speech will be passed".

The liberal former prime minister of Belgium is a supporter of much closer integration in the European Union, with national governments handing over more powers to Brussels.

Brexit minister David Davis insisted on Monday that this approach had not changed, but at her meeting with Conservative lawmakers, Mrs May made it clear she would listen to all wings of the party on the issue.

Like many on the continent, he has long criticised Britain's entitlement, negotiated by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, to get about half its European Union budget contributions back as a rebate.

But some opposition politicians say that May can no longer stick to her stance for a clean break with the European Union, characterising her election bid as a poor gamble that has left Britain a laughing stock.

Under the proposed deal, the DUP would likely support May's Conservatives on big issues such as the budget, Brexit and defence legislation on a vote-by-vote-basis.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, whose 13 MPs saved May from election disaster, said the government should "think again" about its approach.