The last time Michel Barnier dined with the British ministers in London, a slew of unflattering details emerged in the European press about how unprepared he and Jean-Claude Juncker thought their hosts were for the negotiation process. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator returned to the capital for lunch today, but this time without the Commission president.
Nothing unflattering has yet to leak out from their meeting at least, in which Theresa May took part. Michel Barnier said he was “very pleased” to catch up with her, while David Davis sat beside him at this afternoon’s press conference and told reporters he was “confident” the terms of Britain’s transition period out of the European Union could be nailed down after “intensive” negotiations in time for March. His determined bonhomie couldn't mask the challenges to come.
Negotiators will struggle to settle the terms of Britain’s...