David Davis to return to Brexit negotiations amid public rows with EU and cabinet woes

David Davis to return to Brexit negotiations amid public rows with EU and cabinet woes

The Brexit Secretary will enter the second round of negotiations today

Monday, July 17, 2017

David Davis is to reassure negotiators in Brussels of the UK’s plan to guarantee the rights of EU nationals in the country after Brexit.

The Brexit Secretary returns to the Belgian capital for the second round of negotiations amid reports of a growing feud in the Cabinet over the Government’s plans for withdrawing from the European Union.

The Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, accused his rivals in the Cabinet of trying to undermine his plans for a business-friendly withdrawal over the weekend.

One of them hit back by claiming he was a member of “the establishment” which seeks to keep Britain in the EU, claiming the Treasury sought to “frustrate” Brexit.

In addition to these reported struggles in the Cabinet, the relationship between the UK and EU has soured following the dismissal of the EU national “settled status” offer by Donald Tusk.

The European Council President said it was “below expectations”.

Following this, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the EU can “go whistle” if they expect a hefty divorce bill from Britain, to which Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, replied by saying he couldn’t hear any whistling, but could hear “the clock ticking.”

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