Britain should stress jobs, prosperity in Brexit talks - Hammond

The Brexit discussions are due to begin on Monday when the British minister in charge of the process, David Davis, meets the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Brussels.

Days after a suggestion from French President Emmanuel Macron that Britain could still choose to remain, Davis said there would be no backtracking from Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to deliver on Brexit, for which Britons voted in a referendum nearly a year ago.

Britain voted by 52 percent in favour of leaving the European Union in a referendum a year ago.

Gabriel, a Social Democrat who is Merkel's vice chancellor, echoed statements made a day before by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who said the United Kingdom would be welcomed back into the European Union if Britons decided they wanted to remain.

Britain gave official notification that it would leave the European Union at the end of March, meaning it will leave the bloc, which is its biggest trading partner, in March 2019.

May said on Tuesday that talks with the DUP had been productive - a view shared by DUP leader Arlene Foster - and that Brexit negotiations would begin as planned next week.

The announcement followed speculation that talks may have to be delayed because of the inconclusive outcome of last week's General Election, which has already forced the State Opening of Parliament to be put back from June 19 to 21.

Philip Hammond, the UK's chancellor of the exchequer, said on Friday that the government will want a mutually beneficial agreement.

"But it is a negotiation, and 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". May has said that Britain's vote to leave the European Union was in part a vote to reduce immigration.

"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".

  • Leroy Wright