Britain, EU to begin Brexit negotiations on Monday

"As we enter negotiations next week we will do so in a spirit of honest cooperation, taking a pragmatic approach to trying to find a solution that works both for the United Kingdom and European Union 27".

May has given no indication she will change course on the key elements of Brexit; but whatever her plan she will be heavily reliant upon the 10 lawmakers from the eurosceptic DUP, who would help her edge past the 326 votes needed in parliament to avoid the government collapsing.

When asked if a deal was in the making, DUP leader Arlene Foster told reporters in Dublin: "I think you know it takes two to tango and we're ready to dance".

A DUP spokesperson said there had been a break in tasks due to parliamentary business.

Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP, Northern Ireland's second-largest Irish nationalist party, said his party had a "positive" meeting with the prime minister over her efforts to come up with a deal with the DUP.

A source in May's Conservative Party said talks continued on Friday.

Leo Varadkar made his comments after meeting with the leader of the DUP which is in talks to keep May in power.

"We also respect the other parties' mandates, we want to get back to an executive that has all the parties around the table to collectively take decisions".

Ireland's new prime minister will meet his British counterpart, Theresa May, for the first time on Monday to discuss Brexit and the political deadlock in the Northern Irish regional assembly.

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Foster said the talks would not cover social issues.

"We are starting", Barnier said on Twitter.

May wants to negotiate the divorce and the future trading relationship with the European Union before Britain leaves in March 2019, followed by what she calls a phased implementation process to give business time to prepare for the impact of the divorce.

Britain will be the first member state ever to leave the bloc.

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

"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, protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations", Hammond told reporters before a meeting of the 28 European Union finance ministers in Luxembourg.

The senior official at the Department for Exiting the European Union, Olly Robbins, has been in Brussels this week for preliminary talks.

Mr Hammond's remarks will be seen as a bid to soften the terms of Britain's exit, 72 hours before formal talks begin on Monday.

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