With exit talks due to begin on 19 or 20 June, Brussels and other EU27 capitals will await result with more than usual interest

Brussels and other EU capitals will await the result of the UK general election with more than usual interest: it could have a major impact on potentially fraught talks over Britain’s exit from the bloc, scheduled to begin barely 10 days later.

The first formal Brexit negotiating round under article 50 is due to take place on 19 or 20 June, with the chances of a bruising early clash over the sequencing of the talks – and the size of the divorce settlement in particular – seen as high.

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