European Union and United Kingdom citizens should not fret over Brexit future, Davis says

Speaking alongside Mr Macron, the PM said: "We have been very clear we want to maintain a close relationship and a close partnership with the European Union and individual member states into the future, including in the areas we've discussed this evening".

In a sign of growing impatience with the shambolic state of the British side of the talks, senior European Union sources said that if London insisted on talking about a free trade deal before the issues of its divorce bill, citizens rights and the border in Ireland were sufficiently resolved, it would be met with a blunt response.

European Parliament leaders laid into May and called for Britain to say when negotiations would start. I read yesterday "Open Brexit" too! He also said Conservative MP's were likely to be "furious" with the party's campaign strategy.

Davis, whose Conservative Party is due to put its policy programme or Queen's Speech to parliament on June 19 after failing to win a majority during Thursday's election, said the Brexit talks would begin at some point next week.

Analysts at Moody's Investor Service said in a note on Monday that while an inconclusive election outcome is a credit negative for the United Kingdom, the increased likelihood of "softer" Brexit options being considered could be credit positive.

In her turn, May noted about the Brexit negotiations, "We have been very clear we want to maintain a close relationship and a close partnership with the European Union and individual member states into the future, including in the areas we've discussed this evening".

"And I confirmed to President Macron that the timetable for the Brexit negotiation remains on course and will begin next week".

Cross-party talks in the House of Commons to get a broad consensus on Brexit are already under way with several major politicians, across the political spectrum backing a parliamentary commission to help craft a Brexit plan.

Along with Sir Tim Barrow, the British Ambassador to the EU, Mr Robbins held preliminary discussions about the impending negotiations with Michel Barnier.

In a sign of the confusion, the furthest the two sides have managed to progress is to have what a European Commission spokesman called "talking about talks" in a bid to move forward.

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

An EU source disclosed that Brussels had also been secretly briefing Downing Street on the 27 member states' negotiating position for months, well ahead of it being public, to allow the government to shape its response. "I think people will interpret membership of the single-market as not respecting [the result of] that referendum", McDonnell told ITV's political editor Robert Peston.

"The name of the game is a withdrawal treaty with a deal because ultimately no deal is bad for us and it is catastrophic for the UK".

  • Zachary Reyes