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As London feuds, full Brexit negotiations open in Brussels

As London feuds, full Brexit negotiations open in Brussels

Monday's discussions will focus on citizen's rights and the bill the United Kingdom will pay to exit.

They then left the podiums without answering any questions from the fathering media, with the Frenchman saying the pair needed to work to which the Brexit secretary replied: "Work, yes that's right - work".

"We made a good start last month, and this week we'll be getting into the real substance", Davis is expected to say.

More than a year after the Brexit referendum, some still argue that it would be in Britain's interests to remain in the European Union, and retain the benefits of free movement of people, capital, goods and services.

He defended his position on Sunday and hit back at his critics.

Earlier last week, British PM Theresa May's govt published a draft law to formally end Britain's membership of the EU. Mr Hammond all but admitted a report he had told the cabinet that public-sector workers are "overpaid" was true - while denying he had said "even a woman" can drive a train.

Hammond told BBC1's Andrew Marr show: "If you want my opinion, some of the noise is generated by people who are not happy with the agenda that I have. Over the last few weeks, I've tried to advance ensuring that we achieve a Brexit that is focused on protecting our economy, protecting our jobs and making sure that we can have continued rising standards in the future". 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.

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson then fanned the flames when he said in the Commons that Brussels could "go whistle" if it expected the United Kingdom to pay a hefty "divorce bill" in respect of its outstanding financial obligations.

Also on the agenda this week are the contentious issues of the financial settlement for the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and the arrangements for the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

British officials recently have also brought up the idea a transitional period after the March 2019 deadline to avoid a "cliff edge" scenario when it leaves the European Union, although the length and details have yet to be determined.

Mr Barnier, who has made clear that he is not prepared to start talks on a trade deal until there has been sufficient progress on the financial settlement, retorted icily he could not hear any whistling, "just the clock ticking".

During four days of talks the two sides hope to make progress on key issues surrounding Britain's withdrawal, including citizens' rights and its exit bill, so that negotiations can move on to discuss a future trade deal later this year.

Some estimates put this bill at an astronomical $112 billion, while European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has mentioned $69 billion as the magic number.

On Sunday, the former Tory chair Chris Patten warned that the Brexit deadlock represented one of the bleakest moments in British postwar history.