Germany: no punishment for UK, but EU exit good for no one

Theresa May's stance might 'delay' EU-Brexit talks by a year

Liberal Democrat Layla Moran, who beat Nicola Blackwood to take the seat by 816 votes, was speaking ahead of the talks and nearly one year after the referendum vote to leave the EU.

May has clung on to power since the election but has so far failed to strike an agreement with Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party that would allow her to govern. The price of such a deal remains unclear.

The head of the biggest group in the European Parliament says that what Britain wants out of the Brexit talks is a mystery as negotiations get underway. "Of course one can think about a common finance minister if the conditions are in place and if we do not mutualise in the wrong areas", she said.

It is expected that this "right" will continue in some form but should Brexit talks stall, or UK PM May follow through with a "no deal" threat, then millions could be in limbo as a result, with healthcare a major concern, particularly for those aged over 65.

May herself will also have a chance to update the other 27 European Union leaders on her Brexit plans at a summit meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

"No deal would be a very, very bad outcome for Britain, but there is a possible worse outcome and that is a deal that is deliberately structured to suck the lifeblood out of our economy over a period of time", he said.

However, the speech was cancelled following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in West London. "But we want to keep the door open for the British". After facing criticism for not meeting survivors on Thursday, May visited a hospital on Friday to speak to some of the people who escaped the fire.

After months of stalling and political upheaval, London's Brexit chief David Davis finally sat down with his European Union counterpart Michel Barnier in Brussels today. "We want to see a Brexit that works for everybody, not just in Northern Ireland from my perspective but in the Republic of Ireland as well, so it is about a sensible Brexit", Foster told reporters. He said he views the talks with "informed optimism".

Britain and the European Union are already at odds over the order of the talks, with London insisting future trade ties should be discussed at the same time as the divorce despite opposition from Brussels.

Some British government ministers had previously opposed the EU's approach which called for settling key elements of the divorce agreement before moving on to negotiations over the future relationship.

Chancellor Philip Hammond said that the Government's priority in the negotiations should be to protect jobs, economic growth and prosperity.

A spokesman for his Department for Exiting the European Union said Britain had been "crystal clear" about its approach.

May's government said it was "confident it can achieve a bold and ambitious deal that will work in the interest of the whole U.K".

The Brexit Department said in a statement that the UK's withdrawal and future ties are "intimately linked". "But the withdrawal and future are intimately linked".

Ever since the United Kingdom invoked Article 50 in March, triggering its formal intention to leave the EU, the European side has said it was ready to begin negotiations. He also said that a timetable for Brexit would be outlined in the talks on Monday. But after a generation of discord over Europe inside her party, May's future could depend on her ability to please both the eurosceptic and pro-European factions in her party.

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