Brexit talks facing slight delay, David Davis reveals

Brexit talks facing slight delay, David Davis reveals

Barnier's interview will heap yet more pressure on May, who called a snap general election to give her a stronger hand at the Brexit negotiating table.

Earlier this week, in a joint press conference with Mrs May, French president Emmanuel Macron claimed the door is "always open" for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union before Article 50 negotiations are concluded.

Besides forging a deal to keep her job and preparing for Brexit talks, May is also grappling with a crisis over the breakdown in power-sharing between the pro-British DUP and the Catholic nationalist Sinn Fein party in Northern Ireland's separate, devolved government.

The chancellor of the exchequer was asked whether he favoured a softer version of Brexit - such as British membership of the EU single market or of a customs union.

The Conservatives are still negotiating with the Democratic Unionist Party over whether their 10 MPs will support the Tories' minority government.

Fighting for her political survival, May has been trying to strike a deal with a small Northern Irish Protestant party to avoid a second election that could delay Brexit talks and damage the $2.5 trillion economy.

British Finance Minister Philip Hammond today said London Britain must prioritise prosperity in Brexit talks with the European Union that begin next week in Brussels.

But the prospect of a deal has prompted warnings that it could upset Northern Ireland's fragile peace.

"This new arrangement is very unsettling and people are concerned and anxious about what it may mean, or what promises may be given".

Speaking in an interview with various European publications, Michel Barnier warned that time is "passing quicker than anyone believes - because the subjects we need to deal with are extraordinarily complex from a technical, judicial and financial point of view".

Mr Davis also indicated "we will start down this process" by focusing on the divorce proceedings from the European Union before moving on to trade.

"I can't negotiate with myself".

The talks are taking place three months after Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered the two-year Brexit timetable.

The European Parliament's Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, also expressed his frustration. "The current uncertainty can not continue", he said on Twitter.

The EU's executive Commission said in a statement Friday that the first round of negotiations in Brussels will be part of a "sequenced approach to the talks".

Talks for a new relationship between London and Brussels will start on June 19.

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