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Brexit talks may stall after United Kingdom election

17 Juin 2017

Talks with the Conservatives will continue into next week, Foster said.

European Union officials see the start of Brexit talks on Monday as a sign Theresa May is accepting their format for negotiations but they expect no quick deals and are wary the prime minister may try to break with Brussels protocol. She also confirmed the United Kingdom would quit Europe's Customs Union, despite Hammond's scepticism about the economic costs of such a move.

The DUP leader dismissed suggestions her deal with the Tories undermined the peace process.

Arriving to a meeting with his counterparts in the 28-country EU, Hammond said his "clear view" is "we should prioritize protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations and take them forward".

"Arlene Foster said the negotiations did not hinge on May's legislative program - the so-called Queen's Speech - that the British prime minister will lay out on Wednesday and Foster's Democratic Unionist Party has said it will support".

Ultra-conservative and populist, the DUP opposes gay rights and abortion while supporting the teaching of Biblical creationism in schools, a stance that puts it at odds with mainstream British politics.

"However, whilst talks are ongoing, it is important the government gets on with its business and we are confident there will be sufficient support across the House for passing the queen's speech", a Conservative source said.

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"We know each other and we understand each other", she said.

Brexit talks will begin Monday.

Instead, her Conservative Party lost its majority, and politicians in favor of closer ties to Europe appear ascendant just days before divorce negotiations are set to begin Monday. Only after that, in December at the earliest, but more likely next year, can negotiations commence on what Britain's future relationship with the bloc will look like. The UK government, which at that point gave up direct rule over Northern Ireland, was meant to be a neutral arbitrator between the parties.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron said May needed to listen to opposition parties, and that there would be pressure for a softer Brexit that would give greater priority to a close trading deal with the EU. "It's a unity of goal, having voted to leave the European Union, that their government gets on with that and makes a success of it".

European Union officials acknowledge that the agreements to be reached before Britain leaves in March 2019 can only be concluded as a whole package simultaneously but leaders have barred Barnier from talking about trade before he gets outline deals on the rights of expatriate citizens and how much Britain owes the EU.

Developments at Westminster have placed a cloud of uncertainty over scheduled talks to restore powersharing at Stormont.

Brexit talks may stall after United Kingdom election