Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Britain-EU Brexit talks to start Monday as planned

Britain-EU Brexit talks to start Monday as planned

Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party won more seats than any other party - including Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party - but not enough to keep its parliamentary majority.

"May has lost all authority on Brexit and everything else".

With May's Conservative party not in overall control of the House Commons and with a new government yet to be formed, politicians in favor of a "soft Brexit" - which is likely to include remaining part of the single market and customs union - believe the impasse offers an opportunity to get their way.

"The other side of the coin is that if you go into a negotiation without the ability to walk away, then you will have a poorer outcome from that negotiation, it doesn't matter if you're buying a house or doing an global trade deal".

An EU source disclosed that Brussels had also been secretly briefing Downing Street on the 27 member states' negotiating position for months, well ahead of it being public, to allow the government to shape its response.

Demanding a swift start to Brexit negotiations under Article 50 of the European Union treaties, the former Belgian prime minister compared Britain's position to the heroine of Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, who found herself in a room with many doors and no idea what lay behind them.

It is also surprising that the UKIP, the party at the forefront of the so-called Brexit got no seat whatsoever.

And confidence in the Government's handling of the exit talks has slumped since the election. I read yesterday "Open Brexit" too!

The European Union has called on the United Kingdom for clarity on its Brexit stance following last week's snap elections.

The UK Conservative Party will reach a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) after failing to secure a majority last week, UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis said in an interview Monday.

While her party supported Brexit, Northern Ireland voted to remain in the European Union and many residents have voiced concern about the return of border checkpoints which were removed over a decade ago.

European Union figures are also looking on with scepticism as May struggles to stitch together an alliance with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists to prop up her government.

There are growing calls among MPs of all the major parties for May to drop plans to withdraw from the single market and end freedom of movement, and to soften her stance so that the Brexit deal reflects the electorate's demands. "We will not accept any cherry picking". The verdict has to be now taken more as a mandate for "soft Brexit", as against a "hard Brexit". This was not the result we wanted and we.

"It's better to have a hard Brexit that works than to have a fudge in the middle that has to be renegotiated or doesn't politically work and you have uncertainty lingering on", Markus Kerber of the German BDI group - the equivalent of the CBI - recently told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Asked about the possibility of a Norway option, he answered: "We're not going down that route".

"We don't adopt their views, we don't adopt their policies", he said.

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