Brexit negotiations to go ahead on Monday, Government confirms

David Davis stressed his loyalty to the Prime Minister

While European leaders try to gauge what to expect from the Brexit talks due to begin in Brussels on Monday, May is so weakened that her own Brexit strategy is the subject of public debate in her own party, and by her potential allies.

Foster said the talks would not cover social issues. "I can't negotiate with myself", he told The Financial Times.

The Prime Minister will attend the European Council summit to discuss issues such as migration and security, but will be absent from a dinner when the 27 other national leaders review the start of the Brexit process.

Norway is in the single market, in return for accepting free immigration from the EU, EU courts and budget payments.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May had hoped to enter negotiations with a strong bargaining hand, but the recent snap general elections have left her without a majority in Parliament and mired in talks between her Conservative Party and the minor Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland in a bid to achieve a ruling pact.

Chancellor Philip Hammond said the Government's priority in the negotiations should be to protect jobs, economic growth and prosperity.


"We are impatiently waiting for the negotiating position of the United Kingdom gov (ernment)".

"The first round of talks that will see the United Kingdom leave the European Union will start on Monday June 19", the Department for Exiting the European Union ministry said on Thursday.

Mr Macron, who during his own election campaign in France took an anti-Brexit stance, said negotiations should be "launched as soon as possible", however, maintained everything was reversible.

Barnier this week acknowledged "sensitivity" in London at European Union suggestions that Britain might owe it some 60 billion euros ($66.9 billion) in 2019 and said sorting out the issue soon would help a trade deal: "I would like to very quickly play down this question, and find concrete, pragmatic and just solutions", he said on Monday (12/06).

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.

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