Britain, EU to begin Brexit negotiations Monday

Cheryl Sanders
June 18, 2017

But Major, who was leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister between 1990 and 1997, said he was "wary" and "dubious" of any deal with the DUP at a time where talks are about to resume on the state of the devolved government in the province.

"I confirmed to President Macron that the timetable for the Brexit negotiation remains on course and will begin next week". The prospect of a deal has also caused consternation in Dublin, with Irish premier Enda Kenny warning such an alliance could upset Northern Ireland's fragile peace.

The DUP leader declined to give details of what she termed a "positive engagement with the Conservative Party".

"This new arrangement is very unsettling and people are concerned and anxious about what it may mean", Sinn Fein MP Michelle Glidernew told AFP.

But May appears to be motivated by her desire to guarantee a majority in Parliament for a Queen's Speech - a key event in the parliamentary calendar in which the government lays out its policy agenda for the coming year.

It comes after Mrs May told Tory MPs: "I'm the person who got us into this mess and I'm the one who will get us out of it". Government bond prices suffered heavy losses on Tuesday after consumer price inflation jumped to 2.9 percent in May. May had called the vote early in hopes of strengthening her majority going into talks on exiting the European Union, but instead found herself in negotiations with a small party in Northern Ireland in order to stay in power. "My preoccupation is that time is passing, it is passing quicker than anyone believes because the subjects we have to deal with are extraordinarily complex", he said in an interview with a select group of European newspapers including The Financial Times.

May is under pressure to take on a more cross-party approach to Brexit talks.

With the two-year clock on Brexit ticking away since March, when a letter from May formally started proceedings, Barnier dismissed the suggestion of postponing the negotiations and said such a delay would only prompt further instability. "The current uncertainty can not continue", he said on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the chief European Union negotiator has told the Financial Times that the clock was ticking on Brexit talks, and that Britain should be wary of further delays.

'I think there is a unity of objective among people in the United Kingdom, ' May said following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday. "We are ready as soon as the United Kingdom itself is ready".

"Going overseas and being seen to be the prime minister and talking to the president of France, being seen to be wheeler-dealing on the global stage, is a classic move to shore up authority at home", he told AFP.

12-5-2017 Tony Blair, Former British Prime Minister addressing the EPP conference on Brexit.

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