Britain, EU to begin Brexit negotiations on Monday

May has given no indication she will change course on the key elements of Brexit; but whatever her plan she will be heavily reliant upon the 10 lawmakers from the eurosceptic DUP, who would help her edge past the 326 votes needed in parliament to avoid the government collapsing.

"I'm not going to give a blow by blow account of how we propose to take that discussion forward", he said.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's main opposition, said his Labour Party would not support the Queen's speech to try to force her out of power through a vote of no-confidence. "It continues and when the deal is done, it will be done", a senior source in the Conservative Party said yesterday.

Besides forging a deal to keep her job and preparing for Brexit talks, May is also grappling with a crisis over the breakdown in power-sharing between the pro-British DUP and the Catholic nationalist Sinn Fein party in Northern Ireland's separate, devolved government. He pulled out of the event after a fire gutted a high-rise residential tower in London, leaving at least 17 dead. Hundreds of protesters chanting "we want justice" stormed a local town hall on Friday afternoon.

It had been suggested the start of negotiations could be delayed by the failure of any party to win a House of Commons majority at last week's General Election.

"We want to end the anxiety facing 4 million citizens", he said.

But the Government will press ahead with the first round of Brexit talks two days before the official opening of Parliament.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's government has bowed to European Union demands to focus the initial stage of Brexit talks on settling the divorce rather than trying to arrange a future trade relationship at the same time, according to two EU officials with knowledge of the preparations.

In his first public comments since the election, the Chancellor said it was his "clear view" that most people want the talks to "prioritise protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity".

"As we enter negotiations next week we will do so in a spirit of honest cooperation, taking a pragmatic approach, trying to find a solution that works" for Britain and the European Union, he said.

The Government are hoping to negotiate a trade deal with the European Union within the two-year Article 50 process, but the bloc has warned "significant progress" must be made on divorce talks before a future trade relationship with the United Kingdom can be discussed. "The withdrawal and future are intimately linked".

The European Commission said the one-day meeting between its chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Brexit Secretary David Davis will take place "as part of the sequenced approach to the talks" set out by the EU, which require progress to be made on withdrawal arrangements before any talks on trade can begin.

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