Brexit Negotiations – Round 2

The second round of negotiations between the UK and EU took place over 4 days from 17-20 July 2017.

David Davis’ opening remarks at the start of the first day were (short and sweet):

It’s good to be back in Brussels, to open the next formal round of the negotiations.

We made a good start last month, and as Michel says we are now getting into the substance of the matter.

As you’ve heard, it’s four categories; the issue of citizens rights, the issue of finance, the issue of separation issues and of course, separately, Northern Ireland.

For us it is incredibly important that we now make good progress, that we negotiate through this and identify the differences so that we can deal with them, and identify the similarities so we can reinforce them.

And now, it’s time to get down to work and make this a successful negotiation.

Thank you very much indeed.

The UK negotiating team started this round with a team of 98 people to continue discussions in 4 areas:

  • Citizens Rights
  • Financial settlement
  • Ireland
  • Separation Issues

A joint Technical Note was issued, which outlines the status of the UK and EU current positions on citizens’ rights.

The closing statements given at the end of the 2nd round of negotiations are available at

From David Davis

and Michel Barnier