Finally, Britain kicks off Brexit negotiations with EU

A spokesman for the Department for Exiting the European said: "We believe that the withdrawal process can not be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account".

But the government still wants to negotiate its future trade relationship with the European Union "alongside" talks on the terms for Brexit.

Almost a year to the day since Britons shocked themselves and their neighbours by voting on June 23 to cut loose from their main trading partner, and nearly three months since Prime Minister Theresa May locked them into a two-year countdown to Brexit in March 2019, almost nothing about the future is clear.

He said: "No deal would be a very, very bad outcome for Britain, but there is a possible worse outcome and that is a deal that is deliberately structured to suck the lifeblood out of our economy over a period of time".

The British team includes the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) Olly Robbins; Phillip Rycroft, the department's Second Permanent Secretary; and Simon Case, the newly appointed Director-General of the UK-EU Partnership. Agreeing to pay a "Brexit bill" may be more inflammatory.

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BREXIT Secretary David Davis will call for a "deal like no other in history" as he heads to Brussels to launch negotiations for Britain's exit from the European Union today.

June 21 - The Queen's Speech sets out details of extensive UK Government legislation required to put Brexit into effect, expected to include a Great Repeal Bill bringing European Union laws and regulations onto the British statute book, as well as bills on issues including immigration and customs.

The latest developments relating to the Brexit negotiations kicking off in Brussels on Monday.

This first meeting will last just a day with a joint news conference expected by both Mr Davis and his opposite number Michel Barnier at the end of the day.

But Union leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, are also determined not to make concessions to Britain that might encourage others to follow.

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The agenda for the meeting was agreed earlier this month following preparatory "talks about talks".

Once agreement has been made in this phase of the talks, the second phase discussing the future trade relationship can begin.

He added: "It's not as if Europe is leaving Britain; Britain wants to leave the EU". 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.

Mr Davis will meet the European Commission's chief negotiator Michel Barnier from Monday before being joined by Theresa May on Thursday who will deliver a speech to EU leaders on what the election means for Brexit. This date can be extended by agreement between all member states.

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