Brexit talks 'get to work' despite United Kingdom infighting

Workers cross London Bridge with skyscrapers in the City of London seen behind during the morning rush hour in London Britain

Workers cross London Bridge with skyscrapers in the City of London seen behind during the morning rush hour in London Britain

In contrast, on the other side of the table sits Mr Barnier alongside his two most trusted lieutenants Sabine Weyand, who is renowned as one of the EU's sharpest minds, and Stephanie Riso.

Britain and the European Union (EU) launch a new round of Brexit negotiations here on Monday as conflicting views on "divorce" terms cast shadow on the resumption of talks and a feasible deal seems rather hard to reach for now.

The three are looking on grim faced - the Frenchman has his jaw tightly clamped shut - and are each accompanied by a mountain of position papers they can call on during the negotiations.

Mr Davis said they made a "good start" at last month's preliminary talks - but it was now time to "get to the nitty-gritty".

But Brussels insists it will only start discussing the future once there has been "sufficient progress" on key issues involved in Britain's withdrawal―an estimated 100-billion-euro ($112 billion) exit bill, citizens rights, and the border in Northern Ireland.

"We'll now delve into the heart of the matter", Barnier told reporters, saying the two sides need to examine and compare their respective positions.

Prior to his departure, Davis said it was important to now "get into the substance of the matter", and acknowledgement that little was accomplished during the opening of negotiations in June.

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A quarterly European Union summit in mid-October could see leaders tell Barnier to prepare trade negotiations; but that will require good progress this week and in three further rounds of talks. The Commission has spoken of 60 billion euros ($70 billion), though Barnier says that for now he just wants an agreement on how to calculate it.

The EU timetable, which Britain has broadly consented to after failing in a bid to start trade talks immediately in parallel, sees discussions on a deep free trade pact starting by early next year and being agreed in broad outline by around October 2018 - when the withdrawal treaty could be done and dusted.

April 19- The UK exit from the European Union should be complete. The tensions have shaken the British government, which on Thursday introduced the draft law that would formally put an end to Britain's membership of the EU May faces a battle over the bill, which opponents said included a risky "power grab" by London at the expense of Scotland and Wales.

But May's minority government remains fragile one month after the snap June 8 election in which her Conservative Party lost its majority, leaving the European Union wondering whether she can actually formulate a coherent Brexit policy.

The depth of division among Prime Minister Theresa May's ministers was highlighted over the weekend as Hammond was accused of using the Treasury to "frustrate" the Brexit process.

"I do think on many fronts it would be helpful if my colleagues - all of us - focused on the job at hand", he told the BBC. "This government is facing a ticking clock over the Brexit negotiations", Hammond said.

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