A look at what is ahead now that Brexit talks have started

The EU is also seeking British commitments to meet all past EU spending pledges when it leaves the bloc, a bill European officials say could amount to upward of EUR60 billion ($67.2 billion). Led by Germany, Brussels had insisted from the beginning that Britain's decision past year to leave Europe clearly meant it was leaving Europe, with all the attendant privileges.

Merkel seeks

Merkel seeks "good agreement" with UK on Brexit

Mr Barnier's insistence on sticking to the EU's priorities for the negotiations comes after Mr Davis appeared to soften his stance on the schedule for the talks. "Our big problem is that we have no picture, no idea at all, what the British want", said German Manfred Weber, the head of the EPP Christian Democrat group in the European Parliament.

'Good progress' in DUP talks - Gavin

'Good progress' in DUP talks - Gavin

The remarks came after warnings by the nationalist Sinn Fein and SDLP and the cross-community Alliance Party that a deal with the DUP would undermine the Government's attempts to restore the powersharing executive at Stormont . "The talks are going on but one thing I am absolutely certain of is that the DUP do not want to see another election and Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street", he said.