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EU Citizens Want a Brexit-Style Vote-to Say ‘Yes’ to Staying

But speaking in Dublin after a meeting with the new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the DUP leader Arlene Foster said it was down to Sinn Fein whether an agreement is reached.The prime minister met leaders of Northern Ireland’ other political parties yesterday, some of whom had voiced concerns that a tie-up could destabilise local politics and undermine the British government’s neutrality in overseeing separate talks to form a new power-sharing government in Northern Ireland.May wants to negotiate the divorce and the future trading relationship with the European Union before Britain leaves in March 2019, followed by what she calls a phased implementation process to give business time to prepare for the impact of the divorce.European Union officials see the start of Brexit talks on Monday as a sign Theresa May is accepting their format for negotiations but they expect no quick deals and are wary the prime minister may try to break with Brussels protocol. “They will make clear she can not negotiate”.Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s main opposition, said his Labour Party would not support the Queen’s speech to try to force her out of power through a vote of no-confidence.Brexit negotiators will discuss Monday Britain’s financial obligations to the European Union as the long, complicated and potentially perilous process of the United Kingdom leaving the bloc finally gets underway.May’s finance minister, Philip Hammond, said on Friday that Britain should prioritise protecting jobs and economic growth.Prompted by her poor election showing, particularly among pro-EU young people who fear losses of jobs and opportunity for Brexit, some of her most senior ministers and two former Conservative prime ministers have called for a rethink.Britain’s Brexit ministry said on Friday that no deal could be struck on exiting unless the future relationship with the bloc was taken into account.”We believe that the withdrawal process can not be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account”.He wouldn’t be drawn on whether he supported Britain’s continued membership in the single market and said May’s minority government will negotiate in a “pragmatic” manner, striving for a solution that works for both sides.Chancellor Philip Hammond said the Government’s priority in the negotiations should be to protect jobs, economic growth and prosperity. “The withdrawal and future are intimately linked”.The UK has agreed to sort out its European Union “divorce bill” and citizens’ residence rights before starting Brexit trade talks, European Union sources have told the BBC.On Brexit, Mrs Foster said the DUP wanted to see “a sensible Brexit and one that works for everybody”.