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Britain eyes Brexit deal ‘like no other in history’

“It is vital that the deal we strike allows both the UK and the European Union to thrive, as part of the new deep and special partnership we want with our closest allies and friends”, the UK Brexit secretary said Sunday in the light of the upcoming talks, as quoted in the UK government’s statement.In Luxembourg, Britain’s finance minister said that protecting jobs and the economy should be the main focus in upcoming discussions.Britain’s Brexit ministry said the team travelling to Brussels was confident it could achieve a “bold and ambitious deal” and forge a new, close arrangement with the bloc.Mr Barnier has said he wants “to conclude a deal with the United Kingdom, not against the UK” and insists any exit bill will not represent a punishment, but a “calm” assessment of financial commitments the United Kingdom has undertaken.The British Parliament will hold a rare two-year legislative session to tackle the complexities of Britain’s departure from the European Union, the government said on Saturday.The shock outcome of the June 8 election saw PM Theresa May lose her parliamentary majority, sparking speculation the Tories may be forced to soften their hard-line Brexit stance.Many in Britain have seen the election result as repudiating May’s threats to walk away without a deal.DUP leader Arlene Foster insisted that any deal with the Conservatives would not undermine the province’s peace accords.The Sunday Times said ministers within May’s cabinet had “let it be known” they would oust the prime minister if they thought she could not pass the government’s legislative programme in a vote expected on June 28.David Davis will try to strike “a deal like no other in history” as he starts Brexit talks in Brussels today.The first day of formal Brexit negotiations follows “talks about talks” between Commission officials and British civil servants last week.The start of Brexit negotiations next week will focus on European Union citizens’ rights, the UK’s divorce bill and Northern Ireland’s border.Ordinary Britons are also beginning to feel the cost of Brexit because of higher import prices caused by a plunge in the pound and businesses are increasingly anxious about losing trade access.The prospect of Brexit has sent a wave of concern through Britain’s business sector. “Everything must go through Barnier”, said a third, underlining European Union strategy to keep talks technical for now. “They are not matters for Westminster and therefore we will not be dealing with them at Westminster”, she told the BBC. “That is why we are pushing ahead with negotiations on Monday”.”Meanwhile Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, who works to encourage British economic growth, warned of years of “uncertainty and difficulty and upheaval” following Brexit”.Even the Democratic Unionist Party lawmakers, who support Britain’s withdrawal and will want to keep May in power, hope to keep open their border with Ireland for free trade, which is vital to the Northern Irish economy. The EU official added that all the possible options regarding UK-EU relations post-Brexit were on the table, including the one of “no deal”.On several occasions, the presidents of the EU’s top three institutions – Donald Tusk of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission and Antonio Tajani of the European Parliament – have also expressed their regret about the UK’s decision to leave and said they and the remaining 27 member states would welcome a change of heart.