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Davis described the timetable as a "promising start" to the Brexit process."As you heard Michel said, we had a brief exchange earlier about the distinction between being optimistic and being determined".

"There is no doubt that the road ahead will at times be challenging, but as Winston Churchill once said: 'The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she hopes for a "good agreement" after Brexit talks in which 27 European Union countries will listen carefully to what Britain wants but also defend their own interests.

The Brexit talks were finally launched at the European Commission's headquarters in Brussels almost one year after Britain's June 23, 2016 referendum to leave the bloc. "I don't think that May will want to shatter that understanding", said one European Union diplomatic source, who asked not to named.

She added: "I hope that we will reach a good agreement".

"We will of course implement what Britain pitches, but in a way that the interests of the 27 member states are safeguarded".

In Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasised the unity of the remaining 27 European Union countries, which have been alarmed in recent weeks by Prime Minister Theresa May's threats to walk out of the talks.

Britain has less than two years to negotiate the terms of the divorce and the outlines of the future relationship before it is due to leave in late March 2019.

Davis said Britain hadn't backed down.

The most senior officials on either side will lead work on efforts to resolve the problem of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, a situation Mr Barnier acknowledged was "politically sensitive" at a time when the Tory government was seeking the support of the Democratic Unionist Party to prop up Mrs May's minority government. An EU official said Britain still refused to accept it would owe Brussels anything.

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For Britain, things have clearly gotten worse this year.

"Tory David Davis has crumbled on the very first day of Brexit negotiations, as he was forced to agree to the EU's timetable", wrote the Daily Mirror, a left-leaning tabloid.

The British and EU Brexit negotiators agreed how to organise talks on Britain's divorce at a first meeting in Brussels on Monday, where both sides stressed goodwill but also the huge complexity and tight deadline. We also agreed on how we will structure our talks.

He added: "The United Kingdom has made a decision to leave the European Union, it is not the other way around". They should finally tell us what the aim is.

May has said she wants a clean break from the European Union bloc, leaving the single market. "We are looking to unravel 43 years of patiently built relations".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Monday he still thinks that the Brexit negotiations will yield "a happy resolution that can be done with profit and honor for both sides".

Pictures of the opening session of the talk also sparked criticism over the lack of diversity in the negotiating teams.

Still, Johnson called on people to look at the more distant future.

In the first step, the two sides will deal with "the most pressing issues" in order to "lift the uncertainty caused by Brexit", including "citizen rights, the single financial settlement, and other separation issues". "In the long run, this will be good for the United Kingdom and good for the rest of Europe".

"We are witnessing the return of the European Union rather as a solution, not a problem".

Roth said that "Brexit is a very, very hard operation" and there's only a bit over a year to negotiate it.

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