Daily Express: Brexit Battle: Brussels bigwigs have date set for when exit talks will finally begin20 May 2017 | 04:33 | FOCUS News Agency
Michel Barnier, the bloc's chief negotiator, is understood to have pencilled in June 19 as the first day for detailed talks on Britain’s departure from the bloc.
The session is expected to kick off weeks of intense wrangling over the UK's future relationship with the EU during the summer.
The decision on the timing of the talks, set to be confirmed by the European Commission on Monday, means the Prime Minister will be pitched straight into the battle for the country's future within days of polling day on June 8.
Senior Tories are certain to argue that the imminent talks show the urgent need for "strong and stable leadership" to ensure the Government gets the best possible outcome from the negotiations.
Ministers from the 27 other EU nations are due to meet on Monday to confirm the timetable for the talks.
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