Monday 21 August 2017

David Davis's predicted 'row of the summer' over the Brexit negotiations timetable didn't exactly last long

Like a true British summer.

By Jessica Pitocchi

The Brexit negotiations suffered a pretty embarrassing setback yesterday over timetabling.

Brexit Secretary David Davis had wanted trade talks to take place in parallel with negotiations on the divorce bill from Brussels and had previously warned that the dispute would be “the row of the summer”.

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But on day one, the UK ended up agreeing to a different Brexit timetable set out by the European Commission’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, meaning those important trade talks will have to wait.

People are not impressed with the way things are looking so far.

Although perhaps he was talking about a British summer in particular?

Davis is now meeting members of Spain’s government on day two as part of his effort to build bridges across the continent, where talks are expected to include the tricky issue of Gibraltar after the EU’s guidelines for talks suggested the territory’s future economic status might be subject to a veto from Madrid.

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