Britain faces tough times over Brexit - Hammond

Britain faces tough times over Brexit - Hammond

Brexit Secretary David Davis appears to have conceded to European Union demands during the first day of historic talks, by agreeing to a "two-phased" negotiation.

May and other senior officials, including Brexit Secretary David Davis, stressed last week that the British government's priorities and timetable for negotiations had not changed as a result of the election.

The manoeuvring came after Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May emerged wounded from a general election setback this month, which has strengthened the hand of cabinet moderates such as Hammond.

Anxious by immigration and loss of sovereignty, Britons voted past year to end their country's four-decade membership in the 28-country bloc - the first nation ever to do so.

In a keynote speech to City leaders at Mansion House, Philip Hammond stressed Britain would leave the European Union "in a way that prioritises British jobs and underpins Britain's prosperity".

Finance minister Philip Hammond and Bank of England governor Mark Carney stressed the perils of an abrupt divorce from Britain's biggest trading market, seeming to contradict some of the "hard Brexit" rhetoric espoused by the government at the start of negotiations with the European Union on Monday.

Davis said Prime Minister May will also set out at an EU summit on Thursday her proposals for the rights of the three million EU nationals living in Britain, and one million Britons in the EU, with the British government to publish a detailed offer next Monday.

The Customs Union is a central part of the EU which means that member states trade freely with each other and have all agreed to charge the same tariff on imports from outside of the bloc.

A week of talks will take place once a month, with the next due to start on July 17.

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He claimed a comprehensive free trade agreement was the key to achieving a "Brexit for Britain" and said it would require frictionless borders, where goods can flow freely.

When asked whether agreeing to this schedule was a sign of the weakness of Britain's negotiating position, Davis said: "It is not how it starts but how it ends". The EU does wish to talk quite soon about the question of the one land border the United Kingdom will have with the EU, on the island of Ireland.

May is eight seats short of a majority in Britain's parliament amid increasingly evident cracks in her own party just as crucial Brexit negotiations get under way.

The Sun, which backed May's centre-right Conservatives in a June 8 election that cost her her parliamentary majority, also noted Davis had gone along with Brussels' plans after saying he would make getting immediate trade talks "the fight of the summer".

He said: "It is our priority, it is citizens first".

"I would like us to get a good agreement that is in both sides' interests".

"So we must be clear about ours".

Still, Johnson called on people to look at the more distant future.

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