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EU's Brexit negotiator puts pressure on UK


As the European Union has itself said, "nothing is agreed, until everything is agreed".

The announcement comes after the Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister Theresa May lost the parliament majority in a snap election last week after aiming for a bigger majority and a stronger mandate before the historic talks with the bloc.

"There is a unity of goal among people in the United Kingdom", May said following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

Britain entered a sixth day of political limbo on Wednesday with Prime Minister Theresa May yet to seal a deal to prop up her minority government and facing calls to soften her stance on Brexit days before negotiations on leaving the European Union begin.

But with so much at stake for Britain and its $2.5 trillion economy, pressure was mounting on May from within and without her party to heed other voices.

But a deal with the DUP also risks destabilising Northern Ireland by increasing the influence of pro-British unionists. May now faces the task of satisfying both the pro-European and eurosceptic factions of her party, keeping Northern Ireland calm and negotiating a divorce with 27 other European Union members whose combined economic might is more than five times that of Britain.

In this grab taken from video, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in the House of Commons, London, during its first sitting since the election, Tuesday June 13, 2017.

Guy Verhofstadt, a European lawmaker, said on Twitter that it's time the United Kingdom answers five key questions before negotiations begin next week. It begs the question whether May's government, apparently rudderless and without real power, can realistically hope for getting a deal out of Europe when its own social problems seem to have reached a boiling point at home.

"That has always been our first aim and that is what we will do", the spokesman said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on the European Union to issue a sweeping, reciprocal guarantee of rights for British expatriates living in the European Union after Brexit. Divisions over Europe helped sink the premierships of Margaret Thatcher, Major and Cameron, and many of her lawmakers and party membership support a sharp break with the EU. But there is also incredulity that the British government is preparing to go into the talks with a hard-line negotiating position when it can not command a majority at home.

May has given no indication that she will change her plan for Brexit, though she has said she will try to achieve broader agreement across her party.

"It includes money, they want to talk about that, we think it should come later, and Northern Ireland".

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