Britain, EU in suspense

It had been suggested the start of negotiations could be delayed by the failure of any party to win a House of Commons majority at last week’s General Election.

“We are continuing to have talks, but today as you will imagine, there has been a real focus on this bad tragedy in London“, she said in a televised statement.

On Thursday, May visited the wreckage of an apartment building in west London, where at least 17 people were killed in a fire, and ordered a public inquiry.

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“It’s a unity of goal, having voted to leave the European Union, that their Government gets on with that and makes a success of it, and we are committed to developing a deep and special partnership with the EU”.

“Until the negotiations come to an end, of course there is always the possibility to re-open the door”, said the French President.

Although there are likely to be some tensions between the Conservatives and the DUP, the two parties have now agreed broad consensus that will give May just enough room to run a government, although nothing like the way she wanted when she called the snap election.

The former prime minister Sir John Major has suggested it will be hard for the government to act as an honest broker in talks to restore the power-sharing agreement in Belfast if it enters into a deal with the DUP to prop up a Conservative minority government in Westminster. May now faces the task of satisfying both the pro-European and eurosceptic factions of her party, keeping Northern Ireland calm and negotiating a divorce with 27 other European Union members whose combined economic might is more than five times that of Britain.

Norway is in the single market, in return for accepting free immigration from the EU, EU courts and budget payments.

The European Parliament, which named former Belgian prime minister Verhofstadt as its Brexit pointman previous year, will have the final say on any deal on Britain’s exit from the EU.

“There’s no doubt that there is a new player on the stage”, Mr Cameron said.

A senior Brussels official said the amount, which compares to London’s annual net European Union payment of around 10 billion euros, would still be “peanuts” in terms of the overall economy and also that the final bill would be determined less by technical and legal arguments than by hard-headed political horse-trading.

Sir John Major is one of those urging caution. To do so, she will be heavily reliant on the 10 lawmakers from the eurosceptic DUP, who can help her edge past the 326 votes needed in Parliament to avoid the collapse of the government.

At talks with his counterparts in the 28-country EU, Philip Hammond said his “clear view and I believe the view of the majority of people in Britain is that we should prioritize protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations and take them forward”.

But Irish nationalists Sinn Fein have voiced concerns a tie-up could destabilise politics in Northern Ireland and undermine the British government’s neutrality in overseeing talks to form a new power-sharing government for the province.