Monday June 19 – Brexit talks begin
At the very beginning of EU exit talks, Brexit Secretary David Davis declared that he will seek “a deal that works in the best interests of all citizens”.
As talks got under way in Brussels, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier stressed that both sides must “first tackle uncertainties caused by Brexit”.
He said that the first phase of Brexit talks will include the rights of citizens, the Brexit bill and the issue of the border in Ireland.
Wednesday June 21 – Queen’s Speech
The Queen’s Speech will be the first key test for Prime Minister Theresa May after she lost the Conservative majority in the general election.
Despite failure to reach a deal with the DUP, the Queen will still read out the speech during the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday.
Mrs May’s position will be thrown into doubt if she loses Commons votes on her Queen’s Speech agenda on June 28 and 29.
Thursday June 22 – European Council summit
British Prime Minister Theresa May will later meet Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and other EU leaders at the European Council summit.
A week after the negotiations began, the EU Commission will report back to the 27 members of the European Union, excluding the UK.
Monday July 17 – Next round of talks begin
As the next round of talks begin, attention is likely to turn to the Brexit bill and the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.
Mr Barnier said: “Our aim is to have one week of negotiations every month and use the time in between to work on proposals.”
The UK dropped its objections to the EU’s preferred order for talks after the general election result jeopardised its negotiating position.
September 24: German parliamentary elections
German Chancellor Angela Merkel – one of the key players of the European Union – is standing for re-election in Germany.
Between October and December – First stage of talks over?
The EU hopes to finish covering the principles of the divorce and the…