Britain eyes Brexit deal 'like no other in history'

"Despite European leaders' attempts to leave open the possibility of the United Kingdom remaining in the EU, Mr. Davis will make it clear that he is determined to achieve a Brexit deal that works for the whole of the United Kingdom", the government said.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Sunday's Welt am Sonntag newspaper that "maybe there is now a chance to achieve a so-called "soft Brexit.'" But he said staying in the European Union single market would require Britain to accept European Union workers" freedom of movement.

At stake in hugely complex talks that are expected to conclude by March 2019 is not just Britain's future but a western political order that would be badly shaken by a failure to reach a deal.

Brexit Secretary David Davis will call for "a deal like no other in history" as he heads into talks with the EU.

Brussels is also resisting British demands for immediate talks on a future free trade arrangement.

Britain's Department for Exiting the European Union denied that the country has given up on its aim of discussing all aspects of its departure and future relations simultaneously.

It comes as Philip Hammond warned failing to secure a Brexit deal would be "very, very bad" for the country and insisted there must be transitional arrangements to avoid a "cliff edge".

Hundreds of protesters chanting "we want justice" stormed a local town hall on Friday afternoon and May had to leave a meeting with residents under heavy police guard.

The Prime Minister should not soften her negotiating stance with the European Union, according to the Welsh MP she sacked as Brexit minister last week.

The SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford called for cross-party, cross-government talks.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Sunday if the negotiations are done right, it could present huge opportunities for Britain.

Despite signals from both France and Germany last week that Britain would still be welcome to stay if it changed its mind, Brexit Minister David Davis insisted yesterday there would be no turning back.

The arch-federalist former Belgian PM, who this year published a book calling on EU states to forge "a more ideal Union", warned last week Britain could lose its rebate and opt-outs if it changes its mind and decides to stay. "Who is going to tell the man on the Clapham omnibus, and when will they tell him, that he is not going to be better off?" She's got no mandate here and she's got no authority overseas and the negotiation starts tomorrow. Today, YouGov published a poll showing 48% support for a referendum (43% against) on the final Brexit deal, so keep an eye on the betting on another referendum before 2020.

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn's party prioritise unrestricted trade over immigration controls by a margin of 64 per cent to 19 per cent, a YouGov study found.

However, 60 per cent Tories backers put migration curbs first, compared to 27 per cent for trade. Her finance minister said at an European Union meeting on Friday that a Brexit deal should put jobs and prosperity first.

As a result, the loss of its parliamentary majority led to some observers suggesting that the Prime Minister may abandon her "hard Brexit" plans.

The minister added: We want both sides to emerge strong and prosperous, capable of projecting our shared European values, leading in the world, and demonstrating our resolve to protect the security of our citizens.

Amid reports that May is set to make a "generous offer" on the rights of European Union citizens remaining in Britain, the source said London had been warned against doing so this week, on the grounds that it could drag up the thorny issue before talks had really got going.

  • Zachary Reyes