Brexit negotiations: Barnier manners out ‘concessions’

Media captionBrexit Secretary David Davis “determined optimist” after day one

The EU’s arch adjudicator pronounced there would be “substantial” consequences from Brexit after the first turn of talks with the UK.

Michel Barnier pronounced he was “not in the support of mind to make concessions or ask for concessions”.

UK Brexit Secretary David Davis pronounced talks got off to a “promising start”.

The UK appears to have conceded to the EU’s elite sequence for the talks which will meant trade negotiations do not start immediately.

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Mr Davis and Mr Barnier gave a corner press contention after day one of the talks in Brussels.

The initial concentration will be on expat rights, a financial allotment and “other subdivision issues”.

Discussions directed at preserving the Good Friday Agreement and common transport area in Ireland will also begin, nonetheless Mr Davis suggested these issues may not be staid until the finish of the process, when the UK’s trade attribute with the EU is settled.

The UK had wanted talks on its future attribute with the EU to be deliberate from the outset, but Mr Barnier pronounced this would only occur once the European Council motionless “sufficient swell has been made” on the other issues.

Mr Davis – who had likely this would be the “row of the summer” – denied suggestions the concluded calendar showed Britain’s “weakness” and insisted it was “completely consistent” with the government’s aim of together trade and exit talks.

“It’s not when it starts it’s how it finishes that matters,” he said.

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Asked either he had done any concessions to the UK in return, Mr Barnier pronounced the UK had motionless to leave the EU – not the other way around, and any side had to “assume the shortcoming and the consequences of the decisions”.

“I am not in a support of mind to make concessions, or ask for concessions,” he said.

“It’s not about punishment, it is not about revenge.

“Basically, we are implementing the decision taken by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, and uncover 43 years of patiently-built relations.

“I will do all we can to put tension to one side and hang to the facts, the figures, and the authorised basis, and work with the United Kingdom to find an agreement in that support of mind.”


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Laura Kuennsberg, BBC domestic editor

It’s mostly compared to a divorce – the UK wanted to speak about who gets the residence and the CD collection at the same time as settling who pays for the kids’ weddings in 20 years’ time.

The EU on the other palm have been organisation all along that the future arrangements could only be discussed once the terms of the initial separate have been agreed.

The discuss was called “parallelism contra sequentialism” and from this afternoon’s press contention and the proclamation of the procession it is transparent that the UK has lost.

Ministers believed they would be means to convince the EU – the disaster to do so has been described as a “total cave-in”.

The contention was even likely by Mr Davis as likely to be the “row of the summer”. The quarrel won’t occur since it seems the UK has already given in.

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Mr Barnier pronounced a “fair deal” was probable “and distant better than no deal”. He betrothed to work with, not against, the UK.

“We must lift the doubt caused by Brexit,” he said.

The two men – who exchanged gifts at the start of the talks – set out the structure for the initial negotiations. There will be one week of negotiations every month.

Working groups of “senior experts” will be set up to concentration on the 3 categorical areas.

On citizens’ rights, which the UK has pronounced should be an evident priority, Mr Davis pronounced there was “much common ground”.

The UK is set to leave the EU by the finish of Mar 2019, following last year’s referendum vote.

Prior to the start of talks, Mr Davis gave his reflection a first book of a mountaineering book – a French-language chronicle of Regards vers Annapurna – while Mr Barnier reciprocated with a traditional, hand-carved walking hang from Savoie, finish with leather wrist strap.


Who’s who in the UK delegation?

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  • David Davis: Secretary of State for Exiting The EU
  • Tim Barrow: UK permanent representative to the EU
  • Oliver Robbins: permanent secretary at the Department for Exiting The EU
  • Glynn Williams: executive ubiquitous at the Home Office
  • Mark Bowman: executive general, ubiquitous financial at HM Treasury
  • Simon Case: executive general, UK-EU partnership group
  • Alex Ellis: executive ubiquitous at the Department for Exiting the EU
  • Christian Jones: press officer to David Davis

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The arch negotiators exchanged gifts reflecting their shared passion for mountain walking and mountaineering

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After holding talks with Theresa May in Downing Street, new Irish primary apportion Leo Varadkar pronounced there must be no return to a tough limit between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and mercantile borders must be “invisible”.

While he pronounced he regretted Mrs May’s decision to leave the singular marketplace and etiquette union, he pronounced the two had a shared design to minimise intrusion to trade after the UK’s exit.

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Earlier former Marks and Spencer authority Lord Rose, who chaired the Stronger In campaign last year, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that he was reassured that mercantile considerations were “top of the pile” but ministers indispensable to be picturesque with the public.

Speaking on the same programme, JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin – one of the heading pro-Leave business voices – pronounced negotiators had to be open to probable compromises but also prepared to walk divided and to default to World Trade Organization manners if necessary.

“I don’t consider many people feel that staying in the singular marketplace and etiquette kinship and being theme to EU laws is Brexit.

“I consider Brexit is parliamentary government and an avowal of democracy. Outside that, we consider there is a utterly a lot of scope,” Mr Martin said.

For Labour, shade Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer pronounced there was “real confusion” about the government’s charge after the ubiquitous election result.

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