Angela Merkel demands quick Brexit negotiations after United Kingdom election

"It's in the week of next week, basically, is the first discussions", Davis told Sky News when asked about the practicalities of the negotiations.

Downing Street has confirmed the Conservatives have reached an outline agreement to enter into a "confidence and supply" arrangement with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland which should allow the Prime Minister to form a minority government. "We want to do it quickly, respecting the calendar", Merkel said during a visit to Mexico.

The EU's Brexit chief met British officials today to try to hammer out a date for the start of formal talks, as concerns grew that negotiations could be delayed by the fallout from Britain's chaotic election.

Merkel said Britain was part of Europe regardless of Brexit, and that she wanted the country to remain a good partner.

May, who became prime minister after Britain's June 2016 referendum on leaving the European Union, called the election three years early in a bid to strengthen her hand in the looming Brexit negotiations. May's Conservatives have lost their majority in parliament, party members blamed what one called a " just awful" campaign, training their ire on an election team that highlighted the 60-year-old's flaws by sticking doggedly to an agreed script instead of masking her weaknesses.

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"We want to negotiate quickly, we want to stick to the time plan, and so at this point, I don't think there is anything to suggest these negotiations can not start as was agreed".

On Friday, European Council president Donald Tusk warned Mrs May there is "no time to lose". "We know when they must end", said Mr Tusk.

Around a third of firms expect the current system of freedom of movement for European Union nationals to the United Kingdom to remain the same so long as they have a job offer., according to a survey of 500 businesses who employ European Union nationals by the think tank Resolution Foundation.

"Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of "no negotiations". "Let's put our minds together on striking a deal", he said on Twitter.

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