UK appears to capitulate on sequencing on first day of Brexit talks - as it happened

All the day’s political developments, including Theresa May’s press conference with the Irish PM and David Davis and Michel Barnier starting the Brexit negotiations in BrusselsLunchtime summaryDavis/Barnier Brexit press conference - Summary 7.32pm BST Here’s our report on the first day of talks. You should read it. And it’s goodnight from us. Related: UK caves in to EU demand to agree divorce bill before trade talks 6.56pm BST Here are the main points from the press conference given by David Davis, the Brexit secretary, and Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, at the end of the first day of the Brexit negotiations.For both the European Union and the United Kingdom, a fair deal is possible and far better than no deal. That is what I said to David today. That’s why we will work all the time with the UK and never against the UK. There will be no hostility on my side. I will display a constructive attitude firmly based on the interests and support of the 27.I am not in a frame of mind to make concessions, or ask for concessions. 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 unravel 43 years of patiently-built relations. Ever since the referendum, I have been clear that my first priority is to provide certainty to European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom, and to UK citizens resident in the European Union — and I know Michel shares that aspiration too.So now that the negotiations have started, we are determined to get on with the job and deliver that certainty as soon as possible. Continue reading... ...
3 Published By - The Guardian - 2017.06.19. 20:32
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