British and European negotiators have reconvened in the Belgian capital Brussels to kick off the second round of marathon talks on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU).
UK Brexit minister David Davis joined Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier at the European Commission headquarters on Monday, nearly a month after a chaotic first round that saw London make big concessions on how the talks should be held.
“We made a good start last month but we are now getting into the substance of the matter,” Davis told reporters.
“For us, it’s incredibly important we now make good progress,” he added. “Now it’s time to get down to work and to make this a successful negotiation.”
Barnier also hoped for “good progress” but declined further comment. He promised to provide more details on Thursday, after tackling a range of issues in the four-day talks.