The UK’s intentions to quit the bloc have been made clear but the practicalities of the hard bargaining around a table have yet to be decided.
So far, neither a date or a location have been organised, according to a spokeswoman for the Department for Exiting the European Union.
The news comes amid growing opinion amongst Brexit supporters that Britain would be better off walking away from talks, should officials fail reach agreement, rather than hold on to a bad deal that would not be in the UK’s interests.
No date or timetable has been set for Brexit talks to beging
The Prime Minister said in January: “No deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain.”
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson recently said that the UK would be “perfectly OK” if no deal was achieved.
This sentiment was echoed by Brexit Secretary David Davis who maintained that a “no deal” situation was “not as frightening as some people think.”
Prime Minster Theresa May outside Downing Street
However Mr Davis recently told the House of Commons Brexit Select Committee that the Government had yet to carry out a fresh economic assessment of that scenario.
He said: “When we have finished the lego bricks we will build the house.
“At this stage, until we've worked out all the mitigation procedures, we could not quantify the outcome.”
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The prospect of both sides being unable to reach an agreement is a likely scenario, after the EU warned Britain it must pay to leave the bloc.
The likely sum the EU is expected to ask for is in the region of £50 billion.
When asked about this figure, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker replied: “It’s around that.”
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But Trade Secretary Liam Fox has described such a bill as “absurd” with some areas of government questioning the legality of such a demand.
EU officials have stated that talks over any such trade deal cannot start until the question of the money has been settled.
However some analysts have now indicated that a no deal outcome from the talks would damage Britain far more.
Chief economist at Global Counsel Gregor Irwin said: "The EU recognises it has huge leverage and is ready to use it.
“There is a risk of the negotiations unraveling because you’re never quite sure how much it all means to the other side. If you push too far and it turns out they weren’t bluffing you end up with no deal."
Anand Menon, director of The UK in a Changing Europe research group, said: “A deal will take a lot more time, goodwill and tact than has been on display from either side.
“I find it very hard to see how May gets all she wants.”
EU negotiator Michel Barnier this week said Brussels should be ready to deal with the “serious consequences” of a breakdown – from longer queues at borders to how to handle transportation of nuclear materials.
Should both sides fail to reach an agreement, one financial analyst Jordan Rochester at Nomura has predicted the pound will lose even more value to around $1.15.
When former prime minister David Cameron announced his intention to hold a referendum on membership of the EU the exchange, rate stood at $1.58.
But a cheaper pound would in turn help make exports more competitive, giving a boost to manufacturing and services.
But with the UK outside of the EU World Trade Organisation, tariffs would very likely be imposed.
Brexit Secretary David Davis
That would reduce trade by about 30 per cent, according to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
Oxford Economics Ltd has estimated gross domestic product would be 3.9 per cent smaller by 2030 or £96billion, in inflation-adjusted terms.
A no deal scenario could also trigger an exodus of banks from the City as they move operations to within the EU.
The consulting firm Oliver Wyman estimated that in a worst-case scenario, 70,000 financial-services jobs would be lost.