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Brexit negotiations: Barnier rules out 'concessions'

Brexit negotiations: Barnier rules out 'concessions'

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe EU's chief negotiator said there would be "substantial" consequences from Brexit after the first round of talks with the UK.Michel Barnier said he was "not in the frame of mind to make concessions or ask for concessions".UK Brexit Secretary David Davis said talks got off to a "promising start".The UK appears to have conceded to the EU's preferred order for the talks which will mean trade negotiations do not begin immediately.Mr Davis and Mr Barnier gave a joint press conference after day one of the talks in Brussels.The initial focus will be on expat rights, a financial settlement and "other separation issues".Discussions aimed at preserving the Good Friday Agreement and common travel area in Ireland will also begin, although Mr Davis suggest...
Historic Brexit negotiations begin in Brussels

Historic Brexit negotiations begin in Brussels

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By Mark Stone, Europe Correspondent in Brussels, and Alessandra Rizzo, Political ReporterBritish and European Union negotiators have begun historic talks on Britain leaving the bloc - with both sides seeking to strike a positive tone.Speaking in Brussels, Brexit Minister David Davis said London wanted a "new, deep and special partnership" in the interest of Britons and all Europeans."There is more that unites us than divides us," he said, adding that Britain was looking for a "positive and constructive tone" in the talks.The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said he hoped they could agree a format and timetable on Monday.The former French minister said his priority was to clear up the uncertainties that the Brexit vote had created.The start of the talks - almost exactly a year after t...