Barnier said that, in order to brief the member states and the European Parliament on the negotiations, he would need some time, and therefore the UK had two weeks to come up with new and imaginative solutions.
On Friday 10 November, after just two days of negotiations, the tone seemed to harden on both sides, which may lead to higher level political discussions.
He added that it was necessary to move into the “political discussions”, and pressed on moving towards discussing the future relationship. Davis said that “both parties need to build confidence in both the process and indeed in the shared outcome” and that “flexibility, imagination and willingness to make progress” was needed from both sides.
More work was needed on family reunification, the right to export social benefits and ECJ jurisdiction.
Davis stated that: “we are willing to consider what further reassurance we can give to existing families--even if they are not currently living together in the UK,” which may become an important concession to the EU’s demands.
He regretted that the rights to vote in local elections were not yet included in the withdrawal agreement, but that the UK would discuss this bilaterally with member states if it was not included.
On incorporating citizens’ rights into UK law, Davis said that “over time, our courts can take account of the rulings of the European Court of Justice in this area, to help ensure consistent interpretation.” However, he insisted that “it remains a key priority for the United Kingdom, as we leave the European Union, to preserve the sovereignty of its courts.”
On the tricky situation of the future border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, there seems to have been little progress.
Barnier talked about the need to work on a common reading of the implications of Brexit on the Good Friday Agreement and the Common Travel Area.
On the financial settlement, it seems that the decisions will be taken at the highest political levels at the European Council in December. Barnier insisted that it was only about settling the accounts, and that it was about a “precise translation of the commitments made by the British prime minister in the Florence speech.” This question was crucial before moving to the second phase.
Davis stated that:
“Our European partners will not need to pay more or receive less over the remainder of the current budget plan as a result of our decision to leave. The UK will honour the commitments we have made during the period of our membership. We are making clear progress in building a common technical understanding on every item.”