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Brexit negotiations with EU to begin on Monday: Britain

The pro-Brexit Gove was appointed Environment Secretary.But there are big and significant differences in tone too.The lengthy negotiations seem to indicate that May is struggling to cede to the DUP’s demands, which mainly involve a large increase in funding to Northern Ireland at a time when funding for United Kingdom social services, such as the NHS, are in crisis.In a sign that Britain was sticking to its guns on some of the key points in negotiations with the European Union, the Brexit minister said on Friday no deal could be struck on exiting the European Union unless the future relationship with the bloc was taken into account alongside the withdrawal terms. Instead it stresses that “the circumstances of Northern Ireland are well understood and working together sensibly we have the opportunity to secure a good outcome that delivers for everyone”.The Tory party and the Prime Minster had repeatedly emphasised that “Brexit means Brexit“, for almost a year, indicating a hard Brexit was going to be pursued, but very little detail of the UK’s position was made public.Most European leaders would welcome as close a relationship with Britain as possible, but they remain adamant that the more benefits Britain wants from the EU, the more sovereignty it will have to leave in the hands of Brussels.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. At this point, however, the result seems unlikely to prompt a new referendum and an entire halt to Brexit itself.She is unlikely to win the vote without the support of the DUP’s MPs.But it is not that simple.What transpired was a dramatic swing to the left, with the loss of Conservative seats to the Labour Party. For many of these voters, dislike of immigration is the issue by which they define themselves above all others.Theresa May had repeatedly said during the election campaign that the Brexit talks would start 11 days after the June 8 vote, using it as a warning that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour were not ready for the negotiations. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), on the face of it the easiest parliamentary partner for the Conservatives, has consistently said that “no one wants a hard Brexit“.Sources familiar with EU-UK Brexit talks confirmed that this idea had been on the agenda of talks, the Guardian newspaper reported.The Lib Dems campaigned on calling for Britain to remain in the European Union and would push for retention of as close a continuing relationship as possible in return for parliamentary support.Since the election, many observers have argued that Britain should look to remain in the EU’s tariff-free single market – the “soft” Brexit option.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.The Conservative Government’s need for support in Parliament means that it will be under pressure to soften its stance in negotiations.A DUP spokesman told AFP there had been a break in tasks due to parliamentary business. So it is that pundits are lining up to proclaim the British election “the end of hard Brexit“.Can the Brexit talks go ahead? But obstacles have now appeared.And he is set to clash with the Prime Minister again in the coming weeks over Brexit, as leading Cabinet ministers try and force her to rejig her negotiating strategy. Despite her firm, immediate declaration that she was not resigning, her position remains in question.Brexit talks start Monday without clarity on what the exact nature of the UK’s departure from Europe will be.Theresa May still has to demonstrate that her government has the confidence of Parliament and can pass bills.