Britain, EU launch Brexit talks in Brussels

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The future remains unclear however, with May's own immediate political survival now in doubt after she lost her majority in a snap election, ten days ago.

The Queen's Speech traditionally takes place during the ceremonial State Opening of Parliament, which this year was planned for Monday and has since been postponed to Wednesday as the Conservative party stitched up its deal with the Democratic Unionist Party for support of its minority government. However, it seems unlikely he will be able to resist public comment on the Brexit process, which he has described as a "tragedy".Guy Verhofstadt:If Britain changes its mind, it will find an open door.

The two chief negotiators, Michel Barnier of the European Union and David Davis from Britain, immediately set off to find common ground in their working relationship, an important touchstone to see how amicable the biggest political divorce in decades will become.

The "hardball" European Commission chief negotiator will be across the table from Mr Davis and has already been established as a something of a villain for Brexiteers.

Mr Hammond's warnings over Brexit were seized on by critics, with shadow chancellor John McDonnell claiming the Government is in "disarray".

Britain's Boris Johnson said that he looked forward to "a happy revolution" in relations that would be good for Britain and the rest of Europe, pointing out that the most important thing for both sides is to think about their new partnership, the deep and special partnership that the United Kingdom wants to build with their friends. Agreeing to pay a "Brexit bill" may be more inflammatory.

The subject of the border between the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is like to be high on the agenda as it forms a vital part of the Good Friday Agreement which brought peace to Northern Ireland. Both sides will put top advisers to work immediately on a border agreement between Ireland and the United Kingdom, aiming to make sure the Irish peace agreement and the common travel area should as unaffected by Britain's European Union departure as possible.

From his comments, it appeared that the Brexit talks will largely follow the EU's conditions and will center on the two sides' new relationship only once sufficient progress has been made on the withdrawal issues.

Formal negotiations on the terms of Brexit finally begin on Monday, some 361 days after the European Union referendum of June 23 2016.

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Finance minister Philip Hammond confirmed Sunday that it was still the plan to quit not only the EU but the customs union and the bloc's single market as well.

"While there will undoubtedly be challenging times ahead of us in the negotiations we will do all that we can to ensure that we deliver a deal that works in the best interests of all citizens".

German federal elections could see Angela Merkel replaced as Chancellor by former European Parliament president and staunch federalist Martin Schulz, who once called for the creation of a "genuine European government".

Working groups will be set up to focus on three key areas - the status of EU citizens living in Britain and British citizens living in the EU; the divorce bill for Britain; and the future of the Northern Irish border with EU member Ireland. The Prime Minister will attend a two-day European Council summit in Brussels.

Barnier has warned that the negotiations must be wrapped up by October 2018 to allow time for all parties to ratify a final accord by March 2019. International Trade Minister Liam Fox will travel to Washington on June 19 to explore new trade ties - although no formal negotiations are possible until Britain has actually left the bloc.

However Mrs May said that "no deal is better than a bad deal".

Davis, a veteran campaigner against European Union membership, said he sought quick and substantive progress in what is scheduled to be a two-year negotiation before Britain leaves the EU.