Britain and the European Union will strike a deal “like no other in history”, Brexit Secretary David Davis will declare as talks get underway on Monday on the terms of the UK’s departure. The negotiations are beginning just a few days short of the first anniversary of the historic vote to tear up four decades of EU membership. They will start with a meeting between Mr Davis and the bloc’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, which will focus mainly on the timetable and format for the talks.
Many details of the government’s planned approach have remained under wraps, although Theresa May and ministers have made clear their determination to leave Europe’s single market and its customs union. Tory tensions However, there are tensions within the government and Tory ranks – as well as within Labour – over how decisive the break should be with the EU. However, Mr Davis will tell Monday’s meeting at the European Commission’s Berlaymont building in Brussels that he is confident of reaching agreement.