Britain, EU to begin Brexit negotiations on Monday

The inconclusive elections in Britain have further complicated matters. But a lackluster campaign saw her high approval rating slip away and support for her "hard Brexit" strategy - pulling out of the European single market and customs union - now hangs in the balance.

Also on the cabinet's agenda were the talks to secure an alliance where the DUP backs the Conservatives on a vote-by-vote basis in parliament, rather than a formal coalition government. "I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out", she said. "It continues and when the deal is done, it will be done", a senior source in the Conservative Party said yesterday. The party has refused to give a time frame for reaching a deal, though May is due in Brussels for an European Union summit on June 22-23 when she will want to show she has a solid grip on power.

The prime minister met leaders of Northern Ireland' other political parties yesterday, some of whom had voiced concerns that a tie-up could destabilise local politics and undermine the British government's neutrality in overseeing separate talks to form a new power-sharing government in Northern Ireland. Hundreds of protesters chanting "we want justice" stormed a local town hall on Friday afternoon. We want to end the anxiety facing 4m citizens.

While May has repeatedly said she wants a special and deep partnership with the club Britain joined in 1973, she has also laced her assurances with threats that a breakdown of talks could harm security cooperation.

Her failure to win a majority has put May under pressure over her Brexit plans from inside and outside her party and has prompted complaints about her choice of partner due to the DUP's stance on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion.

The talks are taking place three months after Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered the two-year Brexit timetable.

Chancellor Philip Hammond said the Government's priority in the negotiations should be to protect jobs, economic growth and prosperity.

Arriving to a meeting with his counterparts in the 28-country EU, Hammond said his "clear view" is "we should prioritize protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations and take them forward".

The article states that discussions on a member's withdrawal must "take account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union".

Asked whether Davis had shifted his position, a British official referred to a statement released by Davis's ministry on Friday which repeated calls for the withdrawal terms and future relationship to be "agreed alongside each other".

"We believe that the withdrawal process can not be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account".