>> It's round one in the UK's Brexit negotiations. Flying the Union Jack for the next four days of talks, Brexit Secretary David Davis. Fighting the EU's corner is Michel Barnier. The first flurry of negotiations comes with just 20 months until Britain is set to leave the EU.>> Now, it's time to get down to work and make this a successful negotiation.
>> Reuters Alistair McDonald has the inside track from Brussels.>> We're unlikely to hear very much about this until at least Thursday, when David Davis and Michel Barnier are saying they will hold a press conference. What they'll want to do then at that public moment after this first week of negotiations is, as they say, bank the progress.
They want to tell people in public with both of each other listening, what they've managed to achieve.>> The first agenda item is likely to surround any divorce bill the UK might pay into EU coffers. Davis must find a way of keeping Brussels on side and squaring any payment with the UK public.
The EU wants around 60 billion Euros from Britain, but that's just one of four contentious issues set to be on the table. The rights of EU citizens living in post-Brexit Britain will also be tackled as well what to do about Northern Ireland, which shares the UK's only land border with the EU.
But after a fraught snap election called by Theresa May, it could be politics back in the UK that has the most profound impact.>> We've got talks starting in Brussels, but there seem to be also talks undercover among the British cabinet among themselves, arguing, leaking, squabbling among themselves about what they want, that is the last thing the Europeans want to hear.
>> UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is also in town adding his point of view. In the short term, a muddled British Brexit message could strengthen the EU's hand, but both sides want to avoid uncertainty and secure agreements. On March 30th, 2019, deal or no deal, the UK and the EU are set to go their separate ways.