Brexit negotiations to go ahead on Monday, Government confirms

Posted June 18, 2017

The concession sets the tone for negotiations over Britain's withdrawal from the European Union that are set to begin in Brussels on Monday.

"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", the statement said.

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.

Government sources suggested that the Conservatives do not necessarily need an agreement with the DUP before Wednesday, because the DUP would be unlikely to support the opposition Labour Party and its leader Jeremy Corbyn. The U.K. has only until 29 March 2019 to settle its divorce bill from the European Union and negotiate its future trading relationship with continent. It does not wash. The talks are taking place three months after Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered the two-year Brexit timetable.

"Theresa May must immediately create a cross-party joint cabinet committee to negotiate Brexit".

The ITV presenter has been led to believe that the DUP is "100 per cent committed to the United Kingdom leaving the Single Market AND the Customs Union" - having preferred to use its bargaining power to press for plans to introduce means-testing for the winter fuel allowance and scrap the pensions triple lock to be dropped.

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.

"We've set out the broad principles from where we will start the negotiation and we will negotiate in good faith, but it is a negotiation and we recognise there will be an exchange of views and we will take that forward in a spirit of genuine cooperation", Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond told reporters in Luxembourg on Friday.