Britain and Europe lock horns over ‘Brexit bill’ on day one of talks 

19 Jun

Once inside the meeting room, Mr Davis, facing his counterpart across a giant horseshoe negotiating table, tried to strike a statesmanlike tone, using his opening remarks to promise that the UK wanted to remain a “committed partner” to the EU.

“This partnership will necessarily look and feel different from membership. But we hope that throughout our close cooperation on trade, and on security will continue as we tackle the the challenges of this and future generations together,” he said.

It did not take long for the mask to slip, however, with Mr Barnier striking an exasperated tone at the end of a long day’s talks, when asked if the EU has made any significant concessions to the British – given that the UK had agree to all the EU’s demands over the schedule for the talks.

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