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

Here are the key issues as Britain's Brexit minister David Davis and the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier of France, meet in Brussels.

Britain's negotiations with the European Union over its exit from the bloc begin on Monday and stand to be complicated by the surprise loss of Prime Minister Theresa May's parliamentary majority in a national election last week.

"Leaving gives us the opportunity to forge a bright new future for the United Kingdom - one where we are free to control our borders, pass our own laws and do what independent sovereign countries do".

While European leaders try to gauge what to expect from the Brexit talks due to begin in Brussels on Monday, May is so weakened that her own Brexit strategy is the subject of public debate in her own party, and by her potential allies.

Davis, a prominent "Leave" campaigner in the referendum, said he was approaching the talks in a "constructive way", knowing they will be "difficult at points".

"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.

The Financial Times reports that his team is preparing to make a "very generous" offer regarding the rights of the 3 million non-British EU citizens living in the UK. The inconclusive elections in Britain have further complicated matters.

"The current uncertainty can not continue", he added on Twitter, urging the United Kingdom government to take the general election result "into account" and not pursue a "hard Brexit".

The Conservatives have 317 MPs while the DUP have 10.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has said the government's priority as it enters Brexit negotiations should be on jobs and the economy.

The EU says Britain must honour its contributions to the bloc's budget, which has already been agreed up to 2020, as well as commitments to development programmes for poorer member states.

Speaking as he arrived for a meeting of European Union finance ministers in Luxembourg, he said: "As we go into that negotiation, 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 and protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations and take them forward".

He wouldn't be drawn on whether he supported Britain's continued membership of the single market or the customs union.

The Commission said the high-priority issue of the shared border between Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, and Ireland, an European Union member, will also be discussed.

  • Zachary Reyes