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Britain should stress jobs, prosperity in Brexit talks – Hammond

The government has developed a strategy of “hard Brexit” to cut the numbers of immigrants arriving from the EU at the expense of Britain’s membership of the European single market and customs union.”As we set out in the Article 50 letter, our view is that withdrawal agreement and terms of the future relationship must be agreed alongside each other”, a spokesman for Britain’s Brexit ministry said.The government on Saturday said parliament would hold a special two-year session starting this week, sitting for double the normal time to allow it to overhaul European Union legislation.He added: “As the European Union has itself said, “nothing is agreed, until everything is agreed”. But the withdrawal and future are intimately linked”.”We believe that the withdrawal process can not be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account”, the spokesman said.The Financial Times reports that his team is preparing to make a “very generous” offer regarding the rights of the 3 million non-British EU citizens living in the UK.Monday’s negotiations are to open at 11:00am in Brussels (0900 GMT) with 90 minutes of talks between Barnier and Davis, followed by a working lunch between the pair and a press conference.”We’ve set out the broad principles from where we will start the negotiation and we will negotiate in good faith, but it is a negotiation and we recognise there will be an exchange of views and we will take that forward in a spirit of genuine cooperation”, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond told reporters in Luxembourg on Friday.He had been due to use a high-profile speech in the City of London on Thursday night to send out a message that the Government would protect business from shocks during the Brexit process.The event was cancelled in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.His comments are likely to be seen as a further indication he is pressing for the Government to take a “softer” line on Brexit than the immigration-driven approach previously set out by Theresa May.In the joint statement issued Thursday, officials said: “Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Chief Negotiator and David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, agreed today to launch Article 50 negotiations on Monday June 19″.The Prime Minister has insisted the United Kingdom will leave the single market, replace customs union membership with a new deal and end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.May’s Conservatives need the support of the Protestant DUP’s 10 lawmakers to have a majority in parliament, and some have called for the government to take a cross-party approach to Brexit given May’s weakened position following the election.Critics of her approach have urged her to give ground in order to safeguard jobs and the economy.