Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
World News | By Penny Hart

European Union ready for Brexit negotiations, says Merkel

European Union ready for Brexit negotiations, says Merkel

David Davis, the Brexit secretary, has dismissed suggestions that Britain's single market membership was back on the table as a result of the general election, insisting that both Conservatives and Labour agreed that it was incompatible with the European Union referendum vote.

Some EU officials had voiced hope that a stronger majority for May could allow her to make more concessions in the negotiations.

Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt, who is president of the Alliance of Liberals & Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament, had caustic words for Mrs May.

Along with Sir Tim Barrow, the British Ambassador to the EU, Mr Robbins held preliminary discussions about the impending negotiations with Michel Barnier.

In Strasbourg where members of the European Parliament are holding the monthly plenary, MEPs seem broadly frustrated and impatient by Britain's domestic politics and the delay they are causing.

EU Council President Donald Tusk told Britain in a Tweet: "Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of "no negotiations". "Those things are fundamental and we didn't just pull them out of the air, we spent 10 months devising that strategy".

As well as the exact start date, the two sides have to agree on the format of talks. We are the Conservative Party.

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A department spokesman told the AP that the agency has not reviewed or approved the ballot's language. The current territorial status option received 6,821 votes, or 1.32 percent.

Labor gained 29 seats to reach 262, .

On Sunday, Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell told ITV's Peston show that it was "not feasible" to remain part of the single market and leave the EU. But that still leaves it far short of a majority, even in combination with other sympathetic parties, especially since the Scottish National Party lost 21 of its 56 seats, a serious blow to its goal of Scotland's independence.

"They certainly all said it more that once, so there is no doubt about that", he added.

May was attempting to form a working relationship with unionists from Northern Ireland.

The Department for Exiting the European Union sent a note to the European commission on Friday evening to signal that the government was operational and pre-negotiation talks about logistics should begin this week as planned.

"The British public have not at all been prepared for having to pay a large check to Brussels to settle our debts in this divorce", said Peter Ricketts, a former ambassador to France and now an independent lawmaker in the House of Lords. "The European citizens in the United Kingdom, we want to get on with as fast as possible because we don't want people to be in a state of anxiety".

Among the biggest issues for markets and the economy are whether Britain manages to get a deal to remain part of the European Union single market or, short of that, negotiate some privileged access to the bloc, the country's biggest trading partner.

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