Brexit talks should start when Britain ready -EU negotiator

There was Schadenfreude, for sure, but no trash talk - not yet. The U.K. would have to continue to apply the common external tariff and rely on Brussels to negotiate new trade deals.

British voters failed to deliver a widely expected parliamentary majority for the Conservative party in Thursday's general election, dealing a major blow to Prime Minister Theresa May just days ahead of hard Brexit talks with the EU. Yet EU officials have grown increasingly anxious that both sides may box themselves in, with little time left.

"For her to consider it a victory she needed to have increased her majority by at least 50 seats". Privately, EU officials reacted with consternation that an already tough situation just got tougher.

"We don't know when Brexit talks start. We know when they must end", said Mr Tusk. "Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of 'no negotiations'". "As of now, I don't see any obstacles for negotiations to start as expected", said Merkel.

"We are ready for the negotiations". That's now up in smoke.

The British side in the lunchtime talks with Barnier was led by Oliver Robbins, the senior civil servant in Davis's Brexit ministry.

EU Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told French radio Friday that election result "will not be without impact, undoubtedly, on the spirit of the negotiations, but it doesn't call into question the start of the negotiation itself", but noted that the "calendar is not optional".

"We were waiting for the election in Britain, but in the next few days these talks will begin". The risk of having no deal worries some in Britain, particularly businesses.

That has now all gone up in smoke.

As of yet, it is understood that no date for opening the formal negotiations has been agreed.

But May's catastrophic showing in Thursday's election has caused consternation in the European Union, which is keen to push through the disruptive Brexit process as soon as possible.

At the time she was riding high in the polls and she pushed a tough message on Brexit on the campaign trail, saying she was planning to be a "bloody hard woman" in Brussels. "Europe must now wait for things to become clearer in the U.K".

These include a clean break from the EU's single market and customs union.

Noting the bloc's combined military spending and capabilities, Mogherini boldly stated: "Are we a superpower?"

"I don't think we can read anything into this vote other than a desire expressed by the British to choose the Conservative Party, but with less intensity than we thought beforehand".

Formal exit talks with the 27 other members of the European Union were due to start on June 19. "The referendum still stands".

Due to "purdah" rules in the run-up to the election, the British civil service will have been "sitting on their hands", he added, and the United Kingdom is likely to go into the negotiations in 10 days' time "appallingly badly prepared".

Mrs May noted that the country should be guided by this Government through the crucial Brexit talks.

A panicked Ukip leader Paul Nuttall said Brexit is in "jeopardy", while ex-Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member Danny Blanchflower took to Twitter to say: "If the exit polls are right Brexit is done best news ever [sic]".

Barnier indicated on Twitter that the European Union was prepared to show some patience, making clear that talks should not begin until the UK's domestic political chaos is resolved.

"We are ready. We have completed the guidelines, the framework", Merkel said Friday in Mexico City.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, also emphasized the urgency of wrapping up the Brexit in the shortest time possible.

  • Leroy Wright