Brexit talks: Hammond says jobs and economy the priority

Triumphant Corbyn declares Labour ‘a government in waiting

The speech, which is prepared by the government and read out by 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, marks the official start of parliamentary proceedings every year and sets the agenda that is to be passed by both houses during the course of the year.

In this context, both the United Kingdom and the European Union, following a period of disputes and mutual threats in regards to the terms of withdrawal, now seem to have a much softer and more consistent position on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. They argue instead for a "soft" version, prioritizing some form of continued access to the single market in order to minimize economic damage.

Olly Robbins: Senior Whitehall mandarin who will co-ordinate the officials involved in day-to-day negotiations.

The "hardball" European Commission chief negotiator will be across the table from Mr Davis and has already been established as a something of a villain for Brexiteers.

Working groups will be set up to focus on three key areas - the status of EU citizens living in Britain and British citizens living in the EU; the divorce bill for Britain; and the future of the Northern Irish border with EU member Ireland.

It noted how Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty states divorce talks should take account of a departing member state's future relationship with the bloc.

Sabine Weyand: Mr Barnier's deputy, a trilingual German-born trade specialist who studied English literature, political science and economics at university, and spent time as a student at Cambridge.

Speaking in advance of the start of what are expected to be largely procedural Brexit talks about talks and their scheduling on Monday morning Mr Hammond said "no deal would be a very, very bad outcome for Britain". We know when they must end.

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"My clear view, and I believe the view of the majority of people in Britain, is that we should prioritize protecting jobs, protecting economic growth, protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations", Hammond told reporters before a meeting of the 28 European Union finance ministers in Luxembourg.

Mrs May had set out plans to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union single market, meaning an end to the free movement of goods, capital, services and labour.

Brexit talks are due to begin on Monday, despite the lack of a deal with the DUP to prop up Mrs May's minority government.

Adam Marshall, director general of the BCC, said businesses had felt disappointed that the economy had been sidelined in recent months and they wanted assurances they would be listened to as Brexit negotiations proceed. But it will be a new door to a new Europe.

The Westminster vote will take place before the European Parliament debates and votes on the deal, effectively giving MEPs the final say on whether it will go ahead. Immigration was the main concern of "leave" voters at the referendum and May treated it as non-negotiable.

Pressed over his own party's stance on Brexit, Mr McDonnell said: "Once you leave the European Union, formally you are outside the single market".

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble made similar comments this week, saying the door to staying in the European Union remained open to Britain so long as exit negotiations had not been concluded. Greece and Italy are home to the largest support for exit, but even in these countries more than half want to remain a part of the European project.

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