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David Davis says Brexit talks may start later than originally planned

18 Juin 2017

Philip Hammond, Britain's finance minister, says protecting the British economy should be the main objective of upcoming negotiations over the country's exit from the European Union.

The European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, says EU officials are growing "impatient" with the British government, as they wait for its negotiating position following last week's snap election.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has said the government's priority as it enters Brexit negotiations should be on jobs and the economy. "As we enter negotiations next week we will do so in a spirit of honest cooperation taking a pragmatic approach to trying to find a solution that works both for the United Kingdom and for the European Union 27", he said.

The Conservatives are still negotiating with the Democratic Unionist Party over whether their 10 MPs will support the Tories' minority government.

The talks also gave her the opportunity to try to reassure the other parties that a tie-up with the DUP would not compromise Britain's impartiality in the delicate Northern Ireland peace process.

"We want to see an administration set up again that will last and one that will last for all of the people of Northern Ireland", said Ms Foster outside Dublin's Government Buildings.

The Brexit discussions are due to begin on Monday when the British minister in charge of the process, David Davis, meets the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Brussels.

In Brussels on Monday Barnier met Olly Robbins, a senior official in Davis's ministry, and Britain's ambassador to the EU Tim Barrow to discuss arrangements for the talks following the election shock. It may have been a sign that the British people may not be all that determined, inflexible, and unwavering in wanting to leave the European Union, but see the need to still live and work closely with the rest of Europe and with the rest of the world.

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

"If the government cannot even secure a deal with the DUP, how on earth can they get a deal with the European Union?" asked MP Alistair Carmichael.

Britain has three days to figure out its Brexit plan. Her spokesman said Britain would not change its stance on Brexit, though May told her lawmakers she would seek a broader consensus in the party on her approach.

"The EU stands ready to begin negotiations".

The DUP is believed to be more favourable to a "soft Brexit" that would keep Northern Ireland's border with the Republic of Ireland free-flowing. She seems to have steadied the ship for the moment and has, reportedly, told her parliamentary backbench colleagues that she had "got us into this mess and would now get us out of it".

A new poll, meanwhile, finds that a majority of the British public still think the government there should press on with Brexit.

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.