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

Germany's Merkel says EU ready to negotiate Brexit, no change seen

Pay up, make nice if you want "soft Brexit", EU to tell May

UK Brexit Minister David Davis says that Britain will definitely leave the European Union amid turmoil in the country following the general election.

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.

Other EU governments will be happy to let Britain keep trade open as it would limit the hit to their own economies, officials told Reuters, though they are not ready to ease conditions that May would struggle to sell to her party's Brexit hardliners.

Until now ministers have simply said that talks are expected to start next week, but with uncertainty over the stability of the Government in the wake of the election they had held back from confirming a date of initial talks.

Having lost a majority in parliament, May needs the DUP's 10 lawmakers to win any kind of vote, including on the pieces of legislation needed to enact Britain's divorce from the EU.

An EU official close to the matter said the "softer Brexit" talk could be "productive" and help progress in the first months, where the British attitude to discussing the financial settlement "will be the first serious test of the negotiations".

Following talks in Dublin with the new Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, she said that reaching a "sensible" Brexit had been the focus of their talks.

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"If they refuse to pay, there will be no agreement", a senior official handling Brexit for one European Union member state government told Reuters.

In a joint EU and United Kingdom statement issued later on 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 Chancellor declined to comment on whether he supported Britain's continued membership of the EU single market or customs union. "We believe that the withdrawal process can not be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account".

Britain's Brexit ministry said on Friday that no deal could be struck on exiting unless the future relationship with the bloc was taken into account.

May's finance minister, Philip Hammond, said on Friday that Britain should prioritize protecting jobs and economic growth.

"My clear view and I believe the view of the majority of people in Great Britain is we should be protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity", Chancellor of the Exchequer Hammond said as he arrived for regular talks with his European Union counterparts in Luxembourg.

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