Please see below for today’s update on key Brexit news items:

  • Theresa May has announced that she intends to form a Conservative-led Government and will work with the DUP to progress Brexit talks. She confirmed that the talks will begin in 10 days (19 June) and that she would be working for “a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country – securing a new partnership with the EU which guarantees our long term prosperity”. BBC
  • European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has stressed that the Commission is ready to open negotiations and that he hopes there will be no further delay. Donald Tusk has also stated there is “no time to lose” and noted that there is a fixed date for the end of negotiations irrespective of when they commence. Michel Barnier has however stated that “Brexit negotiations should start when the UK is ready”. Telegraph
  • David Davis suggested that the Conservatives losing their majority could amount to the party losing its mandate to take Britain out of the single market and the customs union. Independent
  • Various lobby groups have called for a renewed focus and more specifics on Brexit. The Federation of Small Businesses has called for a delay in the start of talks and stated that “the need for a transition period now becomes even stronger”, the chief executive of Aston Martin has called for “rapid and decisive policy direction”, the chief executive of EEF called for a rethink of the negotiating strategy and the director general of the British Chambers of Commerce questioned how negotiations could begin without “clear objectives, an agreed starting position and a strong negotiating team”. BBC