UK Prime Minister loses majority ruling in snap election: fears for Brexit negotiations with EU

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European Union leaders fear Prime Minister Theresa May’s shock loss of her majority in the UK snap election will delay Brexit talks due to start this month and raise the risk of negotiations failing. Officials have been left wondering if Brexit negotiations will still go ahead as planned on June 19th. The talks, which the EU wants to ensure a smooth UK departure from the EU in 2019, will be more uncertain without a strong negotiating partner; and a weaker political balance could prevent the government from offering the compromises needed to secure a trade deal that benefits both parties.