Friday, 23 June, 2017

UK's Hammond says economy should be priority in Brexit talks

Athletes celebrate news NI is to host 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games Athletes celebrate news NI is to host 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games
Andrew Cummings | 17 June, 2017, 11:30

Philip Hammond wants economic concerns to take centre-stage when Britain starts talks Monday for leaving the European Union, contrasting with a previous emphasis on cutting immigration.

"I can confirm as we enter the negotiations next week we will do so in the spirit of honest cooperation taking a pragmatic approach trying to find a solution that works both for the United Kingdom and the European Union at 27", Hammond said Friday.

Conservative Party sources say May wants to show her government is up and running but her loss of authority in last week's election will make it harder to handle a hectic agenda - Brexit talks with the European Union, tackling a slowing economy, a political crisis in Ireland, and a devastating fire in London.

Any deal Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party reaches to prop up British Prime Minister Theresa May must not interfere with devolution in the British province, Ireland's new prime minister said on Friday. "It continues and when the deal is done, it will be done", a senior source in the Conservative Party said on Thursday.

The former Northern Ireland First Minister said her meeting with Mr Varadkar was very good and that she was looking forward to a very positive relationship with the Irish premier.

On Brexit, Ms Foster said her party wanted to see "a sensible Brexit and one that works for everybody".

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.

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Earlier, Andrea Leadsom, leader of the lower house of parliament, said the government had agreed with Queen Elizabeth, who reads out the new government programme, that the "state opening of parliament will take place on 21 June 2017".

Brexit talks to be delayed?

She has since said the timetable will remain unchanged but there is growing pressure on her to moderate the government's approach and favour maintaining close ties with the European single market.

Brexit negotiations had been expected to begin next week but May's loss of her parliamentary majority in a general election last week raised doubts about the date. They are also irked by her refusal to say Britain will definitely pay what Brussels calls a "hefty bill" - some ministers have even said the European Union may owe London money.

"We're still in uncharted waters today and we don't know exactly how it's going to look, so we've got to plan ahead".

Nigel Farage, UKIP, and the Brexit referendum may one day be counted among the saviours of the European Union.

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