Please see below the main points from the press conference given by Brexit secretary, David Davis, and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michael Barnier, after the conclusion of the first day of the Brexit negotiations yesterday:

  • Britain has abandoned its demand that talks on a future trade deal start immediately and run in parallel with negotiations on other issues. Instead, the UK’s “exit bill”, the rights of EU nationals and the situation on the island of Ireland will be addressed first, with the future trade deal to be dealt with later in the process. Davis rejected claims that this amounted to a climb-down on the part of the British government, arguing that later trade talks will take place in parallel with talks on the exit arrangements
  • Davis and Barnier have agreed a two page schedule for the talks, which can be found here. Negotiation rounds will be organised once every 4 weeks in principle, with indicative first dates as follows:
    • Opening: 19th June
    • Second round: w/c 17th July
    • Third round: w/c 28th August
    • Fourth round: w/c 18th September
    • Fifth round: w/c 9th October
  • Both negotiators struck a positive tone, with Barnier stating that “a fair deal is possible and far better than no deal”. Davis remarked that talks had been “very productive” and that a deal was “eminently achievable”.
  • Barnier emphasised the need to remain calm, highlighting that both sides were discussing “orderly withdrawal”. However, he said he was not “in a frame of mind to make concessions” to the UK.
  • Davis announced that next Monday, 26 June, the UK government will publish its proposals to guarantee the rights of EU nationals currently living in the UK.