BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS: The second round of Brexit talks is under way. – BBC News
The second round of talks between the UK and EU negotiating teams is under way.
Brexit Secretary David Davis has called on both sides in the negotiations on the UK’s departure from the European Union to “get down to business”.
Mr Davis travelled to Brussels ahead of the second round of formal talks.
He said his priority was to “lift the uncertainty” for EU citizens living in the UK and Britons living in the EU.
The EU says there must be substantial progress on this – and on a financial settlement and the issue of the Irish border – before trade talks can begin.
In a brief appearance alongside EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier as their teams began this week’s talks, Mr Davis said there had been a good start to the process and it was time to get to the “substance of the matter”.
Mr Barnier said the negotiators would “now delve into the heart of the matter”.
Talks will focus on citizens’ rights, finance and “other separation issues”, with separate negotiating teams set up for each.
Issues relating to Northern Ireland will also be addressed, with Mr Davis – who has returned to London – and Mr Barnier expected to give an update on the progress made in a press conference on Thursday.
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