EU eyes start of Brexit negotiations on June 19

By Jan Strupczewski | BRUSSELS

BRUSSELS European Union officials are preparing for talks on Britain’s exit from the bloc to begin on June 19 but expect confirmation of the date only after the British election on June 8, EU sources said on Friday.

The European Commission will conduct the negotiations with London on behalf of the remaining 27 EU governments. Their ministers will meet on Monday to confirm the mandate they are giving to the Commission’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier.

Prime Minister Theresa May formally told

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