The UK has made a major concession on the first day of Brexit talks, accepting that a trade deal can only be discussed after a multi-billion pound “divorce bill” is settled.
As recently as last week the government had insisted that trade talks could take place at the same time as discussion of citizens’ rights, the Northern Irish border, and financial settlements. And just over a month ago, Mr Davis said that the issue of how the talks would unfold would be the “row of the summer”.
But the point was effectively conceded before talks began, with Mr Davis yesterday accepting an EU timetable set out last week, which makes clear trade will only be discussed once “sufficient progress” is made on citizenship, Northern Ireland and a “single financial settlement” of as much as £88 billion. Mr
“The United Kingdom has decided to leave the European Union, it is not the other way around”