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First round of Brexit talks to begin on Monday June 19

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.”Discussions are going well with the government and we hope soon to be able to bring this work to a successful conclusion”, Foster said in a tweet after meeting May.A Downing Street source said Mrs May had made significant progress in her talks with Mrs Foster, with only small details left to be ironed out.The Prime Minister did not mention the ongoing deliberations as she addressed MPs but called on Parliament to “come together in a spirit of national unity” to deal with the challenges facing the country.Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, which saw its number of parliamentary seats and share of the vote increase, said there could be another election this year or early in 2018 after last Thursday’s vote produced no clear victor.The DUP and Conservatives were close to reaching agreement to enable Theresa May to form a minority government and the talks were not in trouble, according to DUP sources.”My main concern is the peace process”.London’s neutrality is key to the delicate balance of power in Northern Ireland, which was once plagued by violence over Britain’s control of the province.The Irish republican party visited London to hold meetings with ministers and to set up their parliamentary office but the party maintained its traditional refusal to take its seats out of opposition to Westminster’s jurisdiction in Northern Ireland and the oath all MPs must make to the Queen.The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), the Ulster Unionists and the Alliance Party – which all failed to win any seats in the general election – said they would also meet May.Gerry Adams led a delegation to Government Buildings including Ms O’Neill, Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald and newly-elected Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew.”We are working on a series of fronts and we are working very, very hard to deliver good government for Northern Ireland and good government for the United Kingdom”, he said.The talks with the DUP follow her apology to Conservative rank-and-file lawmakers in a meeting for the party’s poor election result.May’s program will most probably have to be watered down, dropping some of her preferred reforms to help get legislation through parliament and possibly having to give way to other ministers who have strong views over the direction of Brexit.Ms O’Neill said: “We made very clear the the Prime Minister that any deal between herself and the DUP can not undermine the Good Friday Agreement, it can not undermine the joint nature of the office”. “It’s passing quicker than anyone believes That’s why we’re ready to start very quickly”.”I got us into this mess, and I’m going to get us out of it”, May told her party MPs.”Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Chief Negotiator, and David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, agreed today to launch Article 50 negotiations on Monday, June 19″, the statement said.Uncertainty over Brexit has already had a “negative impact on everybody in Europe, especially on Britain”, said Mr Verhofstadt.