Morning top 5: Brexit fallout, Pride celebrations and Biden visits Louth

The top stories this Saturday morning...

Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, says there is no reason to wait until David Cameron is replaced in October to begin negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union.

Speaking to Germany's ARD television station, Mr Juncker added that he wants to start negotiating the UK's reformed relationship with Europe "immediately".

It comes as the EU's six founding members - Germany, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Italy and Belgium - are meeting in Berlin today to discuss Europe's future without Britain. 


British Conservative politicians are increasing the pressure on David Cameron to bring forward negotiations on the UK's departure from the EU and prevent months of uncertainty.

Bernard Jenkin, a Tory MP who was a prominent campaigner for Brexit, said the Prime Minister's plan for his successor to invoke Article 50 in the autumn was unrealistic.

Meanwhile, senior EU officials have warned that the trading bloc would not be held "hostage" as the Tories conducted a leadership race, with Boris Johnson regarded the front-runner.


Tens of thousands are expected to descend on Dublin today for the annual Pride Festival, a year on from the historic marriage referendum.

An LGBT parade, beginning at the Garden of Remembrance at 1pm, will finish with a party at the Pride Village on Merrion Square this afternoon. 

And a record number of companies will be taking part in this year's event, according to the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network.


US Vice-President Joe Biden will visit his ancestral home in Louth today, as his trip to Ireland draws to an end.

Mr Biden's great-great-grandfather, Owen Finnegan, was born in the Cooley Peninsula and is believed to have emigrated to the US in 1849.

The American-born Democrat is scheduled to fly back to Washington from Dublin tomorrow.


At least 23 people have died in the US state of West Virginia after powerful storms flooded homes and downed power lines.

The unrelenting rain was described by the National Weather Service as a "one-in-a-thousand-year event".

Local authorities said last night that whole towns in the region have been completely surrounded by water.