“I look forward to our negotiations this week,” said Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, while giving a “warm welcome” to his UK counterpart, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis.
“We will now “delve into the art of the matter”, added Barnier, suggesting that the first actual round of talks that is to take part this week will focus on citizens rights, the financial settlement and other separation issues.
Davis added that apart from citizens’ rights and the UK’s exit bill, Northern Ireland issues are also a priority of these talks. “For us, it’s incredibly important that we now make good progress”, added Davis. “Now it’s time to get down to work and make this a successful negotiation”.
Both sides are expected to answer questions on the negotiations progress on Thursday, as the working groups are expected to get most of the job done, while Davis will be in London on Tuesday and Wednesday. UK’s negotiating chief is expected to return to Brussels to wrap up the second round of talks and assess this negotiating week alongside Barnier at the Berlaymont press room.