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Britain's Hammond says 'growth and jobs' Brexit priority

18 Juin 2017

Brexit talks are due to begin on Monday, despite the lack of a deal with the DUP to prop up Mrs May's minority government.

Prompted by her poor election showing, particularly among pro-EU young people who fear losses of jobs and opportunity from Brexit, some of her most senior ministers and two former Conservative prime ministers have called for a rethink.

The Government's Brexit secretary David Davis will meet the EU's top negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Brussels for phase one of negotiations.

The EU has insisted that this sequence involve sorting out Britain's departure and urgent issues like the rights of citizens affected by Brexit before the shape of future ties or trade are discussed.

The EU has set three priority areas: Britain's exit bill, the rights of EU citizens living in Britain, and Northern Ireland.

Brussels has said it will only negotiate on trade with the United Kingdom once "significant progress" is made towards agreeing an exit payment of up to £88billion.

In the letter, obtained by the Financial Times, Sir Keir warned that Theresa May's "inflexible" stance "makes a good deal for Britain less likely, not more likely".

"In my experience recently, businesses that look over the garden fence have gone: "Hmm, (the) grass is not quite as dark and unforgiving as you might expect", Andrew told the BBC. "Our view is that a withdrawal agreement and terms of the future relationship must be agreed alongside each other", a spokesman for Britain's Brexit ministry said.

But the true figure could be far lower, as the 100 billion does not account for tens of billions that Britain is set to get back in shared assets and rebates.

But the government will double the length of the session to let lawmakers debate Britain's approach to Brexit without interruption.

Currently, Europeans have the right to live, work, study and claim welfare benefits in Britain, as they do anywhere in the 28-nation union. However, it seems unlikely he will be able to resist public comment on the Brexit process, which he has described as a "tragedy".Guy Verhofstadt:If Britain changes its mind, it will find an open door.

Because things can change quickly and drastically, as evidenced by many unpredictable turns and twists since the Brexit vote in June past year, including the recent snap election and its unanticipated result, it may be wise not to rule out anything.

Also high on the agenda will be the position of Northern Ireland and its border with the Republic.

"We're leaving the EU and because we are leaving the EU, we will be leaving the single market and by the way, we will be leaving the customs union".

Still, while the prospect of Britain reversing its decision is still remote, a rethink is now more likely than it was before June 8's snap election. "But this is not the one we prefer", he said.

Another scoundrel in the eyes of Eurosceptics, the European Parliament Brexit co-ordinator's role will grow as the talks near their end because MEPs will have a veto over any final deal.

The negotiations have been billed as the most complex in Britain's history as it unravels 44 years of membership and its threat to walk out with no deal in place has anxious European capitals.

May has said Britain will leave both the single market and the customs union.

"Won't go into substance in five or six hours", one European Union official said.

Though they have denied it, David Davis and colleagues in the Tory cabinet seemingly agreed to sort of the Brexit divorce settlement before moving on to trade issues.

Britain's Hammond says 'growth and jobs' Brexit priority