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Brexit Talks Start Might Slip to June in Timing Blow to May

  • Governments said to look at June 20 to authorize negotiations
  • Timing shows how leverage shifts to EU after Article 50
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U.K.'s May Says Brexit Bill Becomes Law in 'Coming Days'

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The European Union is poised to exert pressure on Britain by stalling the start of formal Brexit talks until June, eroding the time Prime Minister Theresa May has to land a deal. 

The 27 other members of the EU have pinpointed a meeting of government ministers in Luxembourg on June 20 as the moment to authorize the opening of talks, two EU officials said on condition of anonymity. Until now, May has set the agenda, but once she triggers the exit -- and the clock starts on the two-year negotiation -- power shifts to the EU and she will have to be patient.