First round of Brexit talks to begin on Monday June 19

"If the Government cannot even secure a deal with the DUP, how on earth can they get a deal with the EU?"

Nevertheless, it illustrated the challenge May will face in the remaining days before the European Union divorce talks begin: finding a position that satisfies both pro-European and eurosceptic factions of her party if she wants to remain in power. 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 Brexit Secretary said the talks would take place that week, but not necessarily on the Monday due to the clash with the Queen's Speech at Westminster.

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.

A lackluster campaign saw her high approval rating slip away, and support for her "hard Brexit" strategy - pulling out of the European single market and customs union - now hangs in the balance.

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The Metropolitan Police called it "a major incident" and said that a number of casualties are being treated at the scene. Vanzella said she went to the window and saw "loads of people gathering" in a corner across the road from her window.

Since May's Conservative Party failed to win a majority in last week's general election, there has been a lot of debate over the impact on the Brexit discussions and whether the British government will be more open to compromising on some issues, like trade. "My clear view, and I believe the view of the majority of people in Britain, is that we should prioritize protecting jobs, protecting economic growth, protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations and take them forward", Hammond said.

In an address to City leaders, Mr Hammond will say ministers are in discussion with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to ensure United Kingdom projects can access its funds during the remaining period of Britain's EU membership.

"We believe that the withdrawal process can not be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account".

"Our view is that a withdrawal agreement and terms of the future relationship must be agreed alongside each other", the department said in a statement Friday. "The withdrawal and future are intimately linked".

Asked if he was now accepting Brussels' timetable, as set out by chief negotiator Michel Barnier, Mr Davis said: "What we have said is we will start down this process but I will have some discussions with Mr Barnier about how we progress to the wider thing of the trade area". Addressing her party on Monday after one of its most memorable electoral failures, May said she would take a broader, more consultative approach to the Brexit talks.

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