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Britain, EU in suspense

18 Junio 2017, 11:38 | Crisanna Felipe

The Chancellor had been due to use a high-profile speech in the City of London on Thursday night to send out a message the Government would protect business from shocks during the Brexit process.

"Northern Ireland's political leaders now have it in their hands to take control and shape a brighter future for everyone in Northern Ireland". The price of such a deal remains unclear.

A Downing Street source told the Press Association that the talks had been "constructive" but refused to put a timescale on when they would conclude.

Having lost a majority in parliament, May needs the DUP's 10 lawmakers to win any kind of vote, including on the pieces of legislation needed to enact Britain's divorce from the EU.

An initial round of talks between May and DUP leader Arlene Foster ended with no agreement on Tuesday, although both sides said they were hopeful, with talks to resume Wednesday.

A senior Conservative source said: 'We are making a lot of progress.

At least 12 people died and dozens more were injured when a fire ripped through a tower block.

"We want the European Union to continue to remain strong and we want to continue to cooperate".

While the DUP are deeply eurosceptic, they have balked at some of the practical implications of a so-called hard Brexit - including a potential loss of a "frictionless border" with the Republic of Ireland - and talks will touch on efforts to minimise the potential damage to Northern Ireland.

If May now sends a team to Brussels - ideally on schedule on Monday - that shows willing on the EU's priority "Phase One" issues, then trade talks could get under way by the turn of the year - a step-by-step timetable Barnier says must be followed to limit the risk of a disruptive "no deal".

"I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out", she told her Conservative MPs.

European Union officials acknowledge that the agreements to be reached before Britain leaves in March 2019 can only be concluded as a whole package simultaneously but leaders have barred Barnier from talking about trade before he gets outline deals on the rights of expatriate citizens and how much Britain owes the EU.

May appointed Steve Baker, a prominent Brexit campaigner, to the Department for Exiting the EU.

Arriving to a meeting with his counterparts in the 28-country EU, Hammond said his "clear view" is "we should prioritize protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations and take them forward".

But he believes that Britain should sacrifice its ability to negotiate deals on the trade of goods, insisting that remaining within the European single market on an associate membership basis would protect British jobs.

Brexit talks will begin Monday.

He said: "We will continue to take the fight to the Tories and I will be out campaigning around the country in Conservative marginals in those extra seats we need to gain to deliver the government for the many that nearly 13 million people voted for last week".



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