The EU says it will not compromise on its core "four freedoms": free movement of goods, capital, services and workers.
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European Union officials see the start of Brexit talks on Monday as a sign Theresa May is accepting their format for negotiations but they expect no quick deals and are wary the prime minister may try to break with Brussels protocol.
Anxious by mass immigration and loss of sovereignty, Britain a year ago voted to end its decades-old membership of the 28-nation bloc in a shock referendum result.
A general election wiped out May's parliamentary majority earlier this month and her position has been weakened further in the wake of a deadly fire in a London apartment building.
The aftermath of the inconclusive vote has left Britain's prime minister scrambling to try and form a power-sharing agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party in order to form a minority government. Yet Davis enters the talks representing a government in disarray.
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"We should be protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity", he said in Luxembourg last week.
In Brussels, Davis and Barnier meet with the United Kingdom keen to win back sovereignty without hurting its economy, while the EU's aim is to maintain regional stability and stop inadvertently rewarding Britain's decision to leave for fear of encouraging others to break away. "That's a statement of legal fact", he told BBC television.
But Hammond said transitional arrangements would be necessary, to give business greater certainty.
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Monday's negotiations are to start in Brussels at 11 am (0900 GMT) with 90 minutes of talks between Barnier and Davis, followed by a working lunch between the pair, and a press conference. We must first tackle the uncertainties caused by Brexit, first for citizens but also for the beneficiaries of the European Union policies, and for the impact on borders, in particular Ireland.
Britain's Brexit ministry said on Friday that no deal could be struck on exiting unless the future relationship with the bloc was taken into account.
While Barnier insists on the "sequencing" of talks, so that trade negotiations can not start until probably January, finding a way to avoid a "hard" customs border for troubled Northern Ireland may well involve some earlier discussion of the matter.
But Britain says it has been "crystal clear" that both withdrawal and future relations should be agreed at the same time.
The chancellor said he would reject any deal "designed to destroy us".
The British government plans to have the next Parliament hold a two-year session to deal with the expected onslaught of Brexit-related legislation.
The rights of European Union nationals living in Britain - and those of Brits living in European Union states - is set to be one of the first items on the negotiation agenda.
While Britain has struggled to agree on and present a coherent list of demands, the 27 European Union nations have had one message all along - in the words of Barnier on Monday: "We must first tackle the uncertainties caused by Brexit".
This post was syndicated from Vanguard News.