Britain can stay in European Union but perks will end: Verhofstadt

Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds is leading the DUP delegation to London as party leader Arlene Foster has returned to Northern Ireland, the spokesman said.

She needs DUP support to cling to power after her election fiasco, leaving the European Union's Brexit negotiator wondering when divorce talks will begin.

France's Macron said the door was still open for Britain to remain in the European Union, though he added that it would be hard to walk back once negotiations start.

"Yesterday Emmanuel Macron, the new French president, spoke about an open door, he said if Britain is changing its mind it will find an open door", Verhofstadt told the European Parliament.

Mrs May stressed that Brexit would happen and the timetable remains on course.

He warns that any deal with the DUP would also cause resentment with voters in the rest of the UK.

Former Tory prime minister and staunch Europhile, John Major, joined a growing list of critics of the Prime Minister's "hard" Brexit strategy by suggesting the electorate rejected that approach last Friday.

After touring the wrecked and fire-blackened apartment block and ordering an inquiry, May returned to talks to try to seal a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to secure the backing of their 10 lawmakers in parliament to help her pass laws and govern as Britain starts talks to leave the EU.

Mr Adams, addressing claims of Sinn Fein disengagement, said: "We want into the institutions, because that is what the people desire, that is what the people voted for".

May is expected to have to agreed concessions in exchange for the DUP's support in no-confidence and government-financing votes, which are essential to keeping a minority government in power.

"People knew that we were abstentionist MPs, they have elected us to represent them but not to take our seats".

The DUP leader is nearly certain to ask for greater investment in Northern Ireland as the price of a deal.

Mrs May had been planning to withdraw from the single market and customs union so that Britain can escape the reach of the European courts and control immigration.

It could also be the place for May "to change her position on Brexit", he added.

"I need a British delegation on the other side of the table, a head of the British delegation that is stable, accountable and that has a mandate", Barnier said.

"We would restore faith in politics if we could show that this parliament can at least function in presenting a view in the national interest which would command a majority on a cross-party basis", said veteran pro-European Conservative lawmaker Ken Clarke.

Brussels has insisted talks on the so-called divorce, taking in issues including the fee the United Kingdom will have to pay to sever its ties, must make sufficient progress before any discussion on a future trade agreement could begin.

The Prime Minister will meet separately with representatives of Sinn Fein, the Ulster Unionists, the SDLP and the Alliance Party - as well as the DUP - in Downing Street in an attempt to allay growing concerns.

But May's predecessor, David Cameron, said there would be pressure after last week's surprise for a "softer" Brexit that gave greater priority to a close trading deal with the EU.

  • Zachary Reyes