PM May not sobbing over election, Brexit minister says

The reduction in Mrs May's majority following last week's election has led her critics to suggest her mandate for a Hard Brexit has been weakened and her position in negotiations has also been undermined.

Britain could lose its budget rebate and opt-outs if it changes its mind about Brexit and decides to remain a member of the European Union, an influential MEP has suggested.

But in a statement, officials said: "David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and Michel Barnier, the European Commission's chief negotiator, agreed today to launch Article 50 negotiations on Monday, June 19".

The Secretary of State this morning confirmed that discussions with European Union leaders will take place next week, but claimed his services will be needed for the Queen's Speech which is also due to take place on the 19th.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May acknowledged to Conservative colleagues on Monday that there is a broad range of views on Brexit in the party and promised to reflect that - the clearest indication yet that she's willing to moderate her hardline approach after a disastrous election result last week left her fighting for her job.

Macron said during a press conference with May in Paris on Tuesday that "of course the door is always open as long as the negotiations on Brexit have not finished".

Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael said: "The Conservatives can not go from weak and wobbly to business as usual in three days".

The government is still in talks with a small Northern Irish party to secure the support of its 10 members of parliament to pass legislation. "It is the only way to unite the country and strengthen our bargaining power with the European Union".

Brussels has insisted that 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.

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, echoing remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron, said the door to Europe remained open to Britain, and it was up to the British people whether they wanted to change their minds about leaving the EU.