No date was set for opening Brexit negotiations during a meeting on Monday (12 June) between the EU’s chief negotiator and the UK’s top civil servant dealing with Britain’s exit from the bloc.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s top negotiator, and Oliver Robbins, the permanent secretary for the department for exiting the EU, met over lunch in Brussels, along with Tim Barrow, the UK’s envoy to the EU.
The three attempted to hammer out a date and a timeline for the negotiations amid concerns the opening of the talks could be delayed due to last week’s British elections, which produced a minority government in London, whose future looks unstable.
The top diplomats on Monday agreed to have further discussion at technical level this week, sources said.
Negotiations were due to start on 19 June, but that date is now up in the air, as British prime minister Theresa May unexpectedly lost her majority in parliament…
Read more : EUObserver, 13.06.2017