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Britain's Hammond to push for UK to stay in EU customs union: The Times

The Commission, which is leading Brexit negotiations on behalf of the European Union, insisted the process would start in line with its "sequenced approach" to negotiating the UK's departure.

Mr Davis is expected to meet Mr Barnier at the Commission's headquarters in Belgian capital Brussels on Monday but it is not known how long the initial round of talks will last.

In a separate interview, she said the talks with the Conservatives had covered corporation tax and same-sex marriage.

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.

The Government's priority in Brexit negotiations should be to protect jobs, economic growth and prosperity, Chancellor Philip Hammond has said.

David Davis, the UK's Brexit secretary, and Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, will dominate headlines - here's a guide to all the people who will play a part in the discussions.

May's strategy was thrown into confusion by last week's election in which she squandered her Conservative Party's parliamentary majority.

In his Mansion House speech, Hammond was expected to make the case for a so-called "soft" Brexit, which prioritizes economic considerations over the more "hard" Brexit approach, which focuses more on limiting immigration and restoring sovereignty.

"I can confirm as we enter negotiations next week we will do so in a spirit of honest cooperation, taking a pragmatic approach, trying to find a solution that works for the United Kingdom and the European Union 27", he said, referring to the bloc's remaining 27 members. "We believe that the withdrawal process can not be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account".

"I'm not going to give a blow by blow account of how we propose to take that discussion forward", he said. "But the withdrawal and future are intimately linked".

Following talks in Dublin with the new Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, she said that reaching a "sensible" Brexit had been the focus of their talks.

He wouldn't be drawn on whether he supported Britain's continued membership in the single market and said Prime Minister Theresa May's minority government will negotiate in a "pragmatic" manner, striving for a solution that works for both sides.

But after a generation of discord over Europe inside her party, May's future could depend on her ability to please both the eurosceptic and pro-European factions in her party.

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