French media has claimed there is a "leaden" atmosphere in Brussels as the formal Brexit talks commence.
David Davis arrived in the Belgian capital and main EU headquarters this morning with the promise to secure the best deal for the UK as exit negotiations begin.
But a editorial in Le Monde has claimed what should have been a "day of glory" has become "leaden" under the weight of the Grenfell Tower fire.
The article, written by the paper's London correspondent Phillippe Bernard, opines that the Government is coming to the table in the midst of a political crisis combined with a national tragedy, and it now needs to present a united front in the face of the other 27 EU member-states.
Bernard argues the political crisis stems from the snap general election, which saw Theresa May lose her government majority with a hung Parliament result.
The article was published only a few days after the Prime Minister's approval ratings were shown to have fallen.