David Davis and Michel Barnier begin Brexit talks – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s press conference with the Irish PM and David Davis and Michel Barnier starting the Brexit negotiations in Brussels 10.33am BST An opening session of talks, during which the UK’s Brexit secretary, David Davis, and the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, sat down together for the first tie to formally negotiate terms of the UK’s withdrawal, started shortly after 10am UK time.Barnier and Davis will scope out a “timetable” for the negotiations during an hour and a half session, before taking an early ‘working lunch’.In the afternoon, officials from both sides will spend some two-and-a-half hours in working groups responding to any agreement from the two principal negotiators, and working up a detailed plan.The most senior officials coordinating the negotiations, Sabine Weyand, who is the European commission’s deputy chief negotiator, and Olly Robbins, the permanent secretary at the Department for Exiting the EU will also meet in the afternoon. 10.30am BST David Davis, the Brexit secretary, and Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiators, both made statements to the press before the start of their talks.Davis said:I’m in Brussels today, like Michel, to begin the next phase of our work to build a new, deep and special relationship with the European Union. As Michel said, our thoughts this morning are rightly with the victims and families of the awful attack in London early this morning and of course also with those who have lost loved ones in Portugal. My very first words are to express my deep sympathies to the British people, that you face tragic events. Just as I want to express our solidarity to the Portuguese people. Welcome David. Today we are launching the negotiations on orderly withdrawal of the UK form the EU. Our objective is clear, we must first tackle uncertainties caused by Brexit. First for citizens, also for beneficiaries of EU policies and the impact on borders in particular Ireland. I hope that today we can identify priorities and the timetable that will allow me to report to the European Council later this week that we have a constructive start to negotiations Continue reading... ...
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