UK Leader Meeting Top EU Officials for Brexit Working Dinner

Downing Street said the Prime Minister used the dinner to restate the UK's commitment to a "deep and special partnership" with the European Union after Brexit.

Almost a year after the historic referendum in which British voters chose to leave the European Union, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has begun the formal negotiation process of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU.

He was backed in the guidelines set out by European Council president Donald Tusk last month, which rejected the UK's pleas for parallel trade and divorce talks, but said negotiations on a future deal could begin as early as the autumn if Britain pays its exit bill.

Dismissing speculation that she herself planned to stand in the election, she said she would instead be touring marginal seats to ensure the next government has no mandate to "destroy rights" as Britain leaves the European Union (EU).

"The PM and president Juncker also discussed a range of other global issues in a useful working dinner".

A Commission spokesman said the trio would focus on the "process" of the two-year negotiations under Article 50. They discussed the broader geopolitical agenda and issues of strategic interest to both.

Negotiations between Britain and the bloc are due to start after June's United Kingdom election, with the size of the divorce bill facing Britain one of the first thorny items on the agenda.

The European Union (EU) on Tuesday reportedly meant to exclude the financial services sector from a trade deal with Britain after Brexit.

Mr Hogan said he predicted last October the British Prime Minister would want a bigger majority in the House of Commons "in order to sideline some of the people that are going to be hard for her when it comes to the choices and compromises that have to be made".

"And I think we can settle the principles of that and then get on with the nature of the relationship".

'As we leave the European Union we now have the opportunity to reform our immigration system to ensure we reap the full rewards of the ability of our universities to attract the brightest and best students and staff from across the world, ' he added.

"We will work tirelessly to support candidates who want what's best for Britain and to keep all options open", said Ms Miller.

"For both sides, leaving the negotiating table without a deal shouldn't be Plan B but Plan Z".

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told diplomats at the Lord Mayor's banquet in the City of London: "I have no doubt that the negotiations will be tough and some plaster may fall off the ceiling".

  • Leroy Wright