Britain's Hammond says 'growth and jobs' Brexit priority

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Britain has announced that Brexit negotiations will begin on June 19, despite earlier speculation they could be delayed, as Prime Minister Theresa May is still scrambling to prop up her minority government.

"As the European Union has itself said, "nothing is agreed, until everything is agreed".

The EU has insisted that this sequence involve sorting out Britain's departure and urgent issues like the rights of citizens affected by Brexit before the shape of future ties or trade are discussed.

This would contradict all the campaign promises pro-Brexit group Vote Leave made during last year's EU Referendum.

Meanwhile, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds echoed suggestions that the talks between the parties may linger until after the Queen's Speech, saying Wednesday's opening of Parliament is not a "deadline".

"Our view is that a withdrawal agreement and terms of the future relationship must be agreed alongside each other", a spokesman for Britain's Brexit ministry said.

"We believe that the withdrawal process can not be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account", the spokesman said.

Speaking as he arrived for a meeting of European Union finance ministers in Luxembourg, he said: "As we go into that negotiation, my clear view - and I believe the view of the majority of people in Britain - is that we should prioritise protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations and take them forward".

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In his first public comments since the election, the Chancellor said it was his "clear view" that most people want the talks to "prioritise protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity".

On his talks in London with Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday, he said they had offered an "Irish solution to an English problem" as giving Northern Ireland special European Union status after Brexit to keep an open border on the island.

"We know each other and we understand each other", she said.

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London and Brussels will barely have 15 months to complete the negotiations if enough time is to be left for all sides, parliaments and institutions to endorse any agreement.

Barnier's comments, which came from a joint interview with various European media outlets, including the U.K.'s Financial Times, further underscore the pressure that Prime Minister Theresa May and her colleagues face almost three months after triggering the Article 50 exit process and amid a domestic political crisis that some say could topple the government. Other costs include the relocation of the EU's United Kingdom based medicine agency and banking authority.

They face massive uncertainty on health benefits, pensions, taxes, employment and education.

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