British Prime Minister Theresa May edged closer to clinching a deal to stay in power with the support of Northern Irish kingmakers on Wednesday, but faced a battle over Brexit just days before divorce talks are due to begin.
"We want to end the anxiety facing 4 million citizens", he said. Nearly a year after Britain voted to leave its biggest market, the talks come amid signs the United Kingdom is softening its approach to the split and adopting a more conciliatory tone.
That's raised speculation that she will seek a softer Brexit by trying to win continued access to Britain's biggest market.
Speaking as he arrived for a meeting of European Union finance ministers in Luxembourg, he said: "As we go into that negotiation, my clear view - and I believe the view of the majority of people in Britain - is that we should prioritise protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations and take them forward".
"That has always been our first aim and that is what we will do", the spokesman said.More news: USA moves to reassure Qatar with arms sale, joint exercise
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's main opposition, said his Labour Party would not support May's Queen's speech in the lower house of parliament to try to force her out of power through a vote of no-confidence.
Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator, warned Tuesday that "the current uncertainty can not continue" and on Wednesday issued five "pressing questions" on Twitter.
The negotiations will be headed by the Commission's team on the European Union side, but the Council's working group made up of diplomats from the 27 member states would be on-call for feedback. "I can't negotiate with myself", he told the Financial Times newspaper.
"We will go into speak with Sinn Féin again on Monday morning because devolution works and works for everybody in Northern Ireland", she said emphatically.
"Progress will not come from a deal between the DUP and Tories to prop up a government in Westminster with an austerity and Brexit agenda but through the full implementation of the agreements and an Executive that respects the rights and delivers for all in society", she said. However, the prospect of a deal has prompted warnings that it could upset Northern Ireland's fragile peace. Their influence on the British government is a cause for deep concern that must be addressed to assure the public and political parties of the independence of the talks process.
At a joint press conference in Paris, the French president repeated the official position of the EU and demanded that formal denials about Brexit begin "as quickly as possible" and be done in "a coordinated way" to preserve " Medium and long term "of the Union.