Britain to hold special two-year parliament session to tackle Brexit

European Union bigwig Michel Barnier and his gaggle of negotiators are due to meet with Mr Davis and his team on Monday for formal talks.

Anxious by immigration and loss of sovereignty, Britain a year ago voted to end its decades-old membership of the 28-country bloc - the first country ever to do so - in a shock referendum result.

Having lost her majority, British prime minister Theresa May can not afford to alienate either "soft" or "hard" Brexiteers in her party.

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.

In March's assembly elections in Northern Ireland, the unionists emerged for the first time ever without a majority, with the pro-republican Sinn Fein making massive gains.

May's Conservatives need the support of the Protestant DUP's 10 MPs 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.

The government is due to present its programme at the opening of parliament on Wednesday, which will be followed by a key confidence vote days later.

Britain has been hit by multiple attacks by extremists and by a devastating fire at a tower block in London that killed 79 people.

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The prime minister met leaders of Northern Ireland' other political parties yesterday, some of whom had voiced concerns that a tie-up could destabilise local politics and undermine the British government's neutrality in overseeing separate talks to form a new power-sharing government in Northern Ireland.

Nearly 12 months ago, by a small but clear majority, the British people voted to leave the European Union.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is newly influential after winning 13 seats in Scotland, has said Britain should prioritise "freedom to trade and our economic growth".

The Prime Minister should not soften her negotiating stance with the European Union, according to the Welsh MP she sacked as Brexit minister last week.

Many in Britain have seen the election result as repudiating May's threats to walk away without a deal.

A parliamentary session usually runs for a year, from spring to spring.

He said such a Brexit would mean "that we segue seamlessly from the customs union that we are in at the moment to a new arrangement in the future that will continue to allow British goods to flow not just without tariffs, because actually tariffs are a relatively small part of the problem, it is without delays and bureaucracy".

International Trade Minister Liam Fox will be travelling to Washington on Monday to explore new trade ties - although no formal negotiations are possible until Britain has actually left the bloc.

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