'No doubt' over Britain leaving EU: Brexit minister Davis

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 19, 2017

It's the first time a country has left the European Union so the negotiators - led by former French government minister and European Union commissioner Michel Barnier and Britain's David Davis - will also be navigating uncharted waters.

"Our view is that a withdrawal agreement and terms of the future relationship must be agreed alongside each other", the department said in a statement Friday.

Her spokesman said Britain would not change its stance on Brexit, though May told her lawmakers she would seek a broader consensus in the party on her approach.

The European Commission said the one-day meeting between its chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Brexit Secretary David Davis will take place "as part of the sequenced approach to the talks" set out by the EU, which require progress to be made on withdrawal arrangements before any talks on trade can begin. "That is why we are pushing ahead with negotiations on Monday".

Mr Hammond said: "My clear view, and I believe the view of the majority of people in Britain, is that we should prioritise protecting jobs, protecting economic growth, protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations and take them forward".

Britain's finance minister said Friday that protecting jobs and the economy should be the main focus in upcoming discussions over the country's exit from the European Union.

Mr Hammond's comments as he arrived for a meeting of European Union finance ministers in Luxembourg are likely to be seen as a further indication that he is pressing for the Government to take a "softer" line on Brexit than the immigration-driven approach previously set out by Theresa May.

Nearly a year after Britain voted to leave its biggest market, the start of talks comes and amid signs the U.K.is softening its approach to the split and adopting a more conciliatory tone.

"As we enter negotiations next week we will do so in a spirit of honest cooperation, taking a pragmatic approach to trying to find a solution that works both for the United Kingdom and European Union 27".

The Chancellor had been due to use a high-profile speech in the City of London on Thursday night to send out a message the Government would protect business from shocks during the Brexit process.

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