European Union played down Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator David Davis from Brexit

UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis (L) and the European Commission's Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier talk to reporters at the start of a first full round of talks on Britain's divorce terms from the European Union, in Brussels, Belgium July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Vastavam web: The European Union today played down the departure of Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator David Davis from crucial talks in Brussels after just a few hours, saying it was “not a problem.” Davis was criticized in some British media after heading home to London before lunch following a photo opportunity and a brief chat with his opposite number Michel Barnier yesterday, the first of four days of negotiations.The British Brexit minister and his team also attracted ridicule on social media after turning up to the talks empty handed, while Barnier and his EU team had large files in front of them on the negotiating table.

British officials said Davis had to attend to parliamentary business back in London and that he is expected to return on Thursday to review the progress of the negotiations with Barnier, and probably give a press conference. Schinas declined to give further details on the second formal round of talks, which are dealing with issues about Britain’s withdrawal including its exit bill, the rights of EU citizens in the UK, and the border in Northern Ireland.Brussels says these must be sorted out before talks can begin on a future EU-UK trade deal and on relations after Britain leaves the bloc, which is expected to happen in March 2019.He added that the Commission “don’t feel we have been invaded” by a reported 98 British negotiators who have come to Brussels for the talks.”We welcome our negotiating partners, and talks are ongoing as we speak,” he said.