Philip Hammond: UK must be pragmatic in Brexit talks

"The Taoiseach (prime minister) raised the ongoing discussions on formation of a new government in London with the DUP, which is a matter for the parties represented at Westminster, but noted the need to avoid any outcome which could interfere with devolution and the prospects of re-establishing the Executive", Varadkar's office said in a statement.

May's botched election gamble has left her so weakened that her Brexit strategy is the subject of public debate inside her party, with two former prime ministers calling on her to soften her European Union exit approach.

And since the election results last week that left Prime Minister Theresa May without a parliamentary majority, that chaos and confusion have intensified.

He predicts this will mean Parliament will now have a greater say over upcoming negotiations with Brussels to agree on a Brexit deal since Mrs May triggered Article 50, the mechanism to leave the European Union in the 2007 Lisbon Treaty, last March.

Having lost a majority in parliament, May is in talks with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to secure the support of its 10 lawmakers to win any kind of vote, including on the pieces of legislation needed to enact Britain's divorce from the EU.

Since then there had been Assembly elections in March, followed by a series of negotiations, and then the British general election on June 8, which was again followed by talks on the DUP supporting the Conservative minority government in London.

Ms May is also yet to have her legislative agenda - including her Brexit plans - confirmed in a Queen's Speech, with the state opening of Parliament not taking place until 21 June and a vote to enshrine the agenda in law a week later.

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He said if the price for gaining tariff-free access to the Single Market was higher than WTO rules, this would result in the collapse of a trade deal between the United Kingdom and the EU.

A source in May's Conservative Party said talks continued on Friday.

Working groups were to take place later to focus on three key areas - the status of European Union citizens living in Britain and British citizens living in the European Union; the divorce bill for Britain; and the status of the Northern Irish border with Ireland.

May does not necessarily need a firm deal from the DUP before opening parliament and might hope that she would receive the necessary backing anyway.

Both sides are keen to ensure that people and goods keep moving smoothly across the border and that nothing undermines the peace agreement that ended decades of bloody conflict in Northern Ireland.

The Conservative source said: "We're confident of getting an agreement, we're confident that the Queen's speech will be passed".

While May has repeatedly said she wants a special and deep partnership with the club Britain joined in 1973, she has also laced her assurances with threats that a breakdown of talks could harm security cooperation.

Mr Hammond and Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson are pushing for a more open approach that puts the economy and jobs ahead of immigration.

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