Germany: no punishment for UK, but EU exit good for no one

Philip Hammond said he wanted an exit that would support jobs and investment

Philip Hammond said he wanted an exit that would support jobs and investment

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.

Instead, May lost 13 seats and her overall majority in Parliament.

That may change as, nearly one year since Britain voted to leave the European Union, U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis and his European counterpart Michel Barnier open negotiations.

However, even before the talks have begun, the European side has expressed concern that the British have underestimated just what is required to make such an agreement work.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mr Johnson said: "We are pushing back Daesh militarily, but the threat we face is evolving rather than disappearing as they lose ground in Iraq and Syria".

Barnier, a keen mountaineer, spent the weekend in his native Alps "to draw the strength and energy needed for long walks".

"An overly blinkered approach focused on simply cutting immigration to tens of thousands and focusing only on high skilled employees could leave employers high and dry, especially those who rely on European Union migrants to fill low-skilled jobs", Davies said. At a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg he said: "The most important thing for us is to look to the horizon, raise our eyes to the horizon".

Davis struck a conciliatory tone in a statement released overnight, emphasizing Britain and the EU's "shared European values" and promising Brexit will deliver "a deal like no other in history".

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Britain begins historic talks on leaving the European Union on Monday while still mourning the victims of a devastating fire and reeling from an election that has badly weakened the government.

The Brexit secretary's comments come as formal negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union are set to commence, and shortly after European Union leaders such as French president Emmanuel Macron have attempted to encourage Remain campaign diehards by saying "the door is always open" to staying.

At stake is how to untangle over 44 years of a complex relationship that is enshrined in thousands of pages of legal texts.

For that reason, Brussels wants as a priority to guarantee rights for 3 million European Union citizens in Britain and be paid tens of billions of euros it says London will owe on its departure. He's particularly keen to see how the two sides settle the contentious issue of the Brexit bill.

The EU wants to deal with the first phase of divorce talks before moving on next year to discuss trade, though EU officials acknowledge that the agreements to be reached before Britain leaves can only be concluded as a whole package simultaneously.

In the wake of atrocities in London Bridge and Manchester, Prime Minister Theresa May has urged social media companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to take down terrorist content, agreeing measures with G7 leaders in April and a new plan with French President Emmanuel Macron last week.

The Liberal Democrats, the fourth-biggest group in the British parliament, urged May to form a cross-party committee to negotiate Brexit.

Sky News understands that the United Kingdom team has spent the weekend finalising their negotiating strategy which has been called into question following the unexpected election result.

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