Brexit negotiations to go ahead on Monday, UK govt confirms


Brussels, June 17 (TNS): The first round of formal Brexit negotiations will begin in Brussels on Monday.

An announcement to this effect was made after a meeting between Brexit Secretary David Davis and European Union Chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels.

Brexit Secretary David Davis and the European Commission’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier agreed during discussions in Brussels on Thursday to start formal talks over the UK’s departure on 19 June.

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.

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

Earlier on Thursday, it was announced the uncertainty in Westminster had pushed back the Queen’s Speech – when the monarch announces the Government’s programme for the parliamentary session – from Monday to Wednesday next week.

But the Government will press ahead with the first round of Brexit talks two days before the official opening of Parliament.