Davis’s early departure was pre-planned in order to vote in parliament, a Brexit department spokeswoman said

Brexit secretary David Davis took part in less than one hour of discussions with the EU on the first day of substantive negotiations with Brussels before his early return to Westminster prompted suggestions that the government’s parliamentary weakness was impeding the talks. .

Officials for the Department for Exiting the EU insisted that Davis had always intended to leave the talks after a meet and greet with the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, but the cabinet minister’s swift exit from the proceedings raised eyebrows in Brussels.

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