England and the EU leave on the first day of formal Brexit transactions on Monday, going for a productive, organized dispatch that keeps away from a boisterous conflict on the enormous policy differences over Britain’s exit.
Mr. Barnier has effectively made open the EU’s positions on Brexit withdrawal issues, including civil rights and Britain’s financial commitments. However, in an attempt to dodge the opening of talks being damaged by disagreements and conflicts over policies, Mr. Davis has pushed back plans to issue a “generous” offer to the 3m migrant residents in Britain for later in the month.
A senior EU diplomat defined the decision suspending the offer on citizen rights as “wise.” “We have the same interest: rebuilding trust and launching a constructive process. If we achieve that then it is already a success.”
No significant changes are expected on Monday, or for a little while and probably months to come. The thought is for the EU and UK sides to meet, trade views, arrange practicalities and set plans, all ahead of more detailed talks in coming weeks. “This is about building trust, nothing more,” said one senior EU diplomat.
British officials say they will be going into negotiations with their “head held high.”
But one of the most the telling aspects of the first exchanges appears to be a desire to avoid confrontation.