German business group criticizes United Kingdom stance in Brexit talks

Mr Davis has been frustrated at Mr Barnier's insistence that progress must be made on fixing the UK's so-called "divorce" bill before moving on to talks on future trade.

The EU has said that talks can not move on to discuss broader issues until it is satisfied enough progress has been made on three key points; citizens' rights, the Irish border and the "divorce bill".

As the Brexit secretary, David Davis, calls for "flexibility and imagination" to break the deadlock, senior European Union diplomats say their chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, will find it hard to make progress until they have agreed how to calculate the amount Britain must pay to leave.

But EU officials have been highly critical of the negotiating proposals.

An EU official told a press briefing on Friday that there was "a very big gap" between "where we are and where we need to be" and there was a "lack of substance" in the negotiations so far. The British government source said this week's talks would be mostly technical and would be "a stepping stone to more substantial talks in September".

And a UK Government source indicated that Mr Davis will warn Brussels not to "drag its feet" in discussions which must be completed in time for the deadline of March 2019.

Davis is expected to say on Monday that he wants to agree a deal which is in the best interests of both sides, and expects the talks to be "constructive".

"We want to lock in points where we agree, unpick where we disagree, and make further progress on a range of issues".

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Davis will "outline the UK's strategy by calling for "imagination" on both sides" to drive what will be "technical" talks forward, the statement said.

"The British defence minister will no longer be able to sit at the council of defence ministers, London will leave the European Defence Agency and Europol [The EU-wide police force]", Mr Barnier said.

"And we're ready to roll up our sleeves and get down to work once more".

Under the new policy unveiled by shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer on Sunday, the United Kingdom would continue to observe European Union rules on migration and trade during a transition period expected to last up to four years, in order to avoid a "cliff-edge" shock to business.

He was also suggested by Sir Keir that the party was willing to negotiate a tailor-made membership of the single market and customs union if Britain was allowed to impose an effective way of managing migration.

The talks will formally start on Monday afternoon between Mr Davis and Mr Barnier and conclude on Thursday.

His Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) has in the last week published a slew of papers setting out Britain's vision for a "deep and special" future partnership, dealing with issues ranging from the role of the European Court of Justice to customs arrangements and data protection.

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