London, June 10: Britain was plunged into political turmoil on Friday after Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority in a snap election just days before negotiations on leaving the EU were set to start.The European Union’s stance on Brexit and the timetable for the talks are clear, the bloc’s chief negotiator said on Friday, adding the negotiations should only start when Britain is ready."Brexit negotiations should start when UK is ready; timetable and EU positions are clear. Let’s put our minds together on striking a deal," said Michel Barnier.
Barnier had previously set a timetable of talks starting in the week beginning June 19, with agreement on initial issues by autumn of this year and a provisional Brexit deal in October 2018. Britain is set to leave EU by May 2019 after May started the formal process on March 29 of this year.
When the talks do begin, there could be a very different approach from the "hard Brexit" advocated by May that would involve leaving Europe’s single market and curbing European immigration. Manfred Weber, the head of the European Parliament’s largest group and an ally of German chancellor Angela Merkel, said Mrs May had caused "chaos". The British need to negotiate their exit, but with a weak negotiating partner, there is a danger that the talks are bad for both parties