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BBC News:Brexit negotiations: Barnier rules out 'concessions'

Media captionBrexit Secretary David Davis "determined optimist" after day one

The EU's chief negotiator said there would be "substantial" consequences from Brexit after the first round of talks with the UK.

Michel Barnier said he was "not in the frame of mind to make concessions or ask for concessions".

UK Brexit Secretary David Davis said talks got off to a "promising start".

The UK appears to have conceded to the EU's preferred order for the talks which will mean trade negotiations do not begin immediately.

Media captionFormer Labour cabinet minister Lord Mandelson on Brexit negotiation deals

Media captionMichael Gove tells Today there is support across the Conservative Party for Theresa May

After holding talks with Theresa May in Downing Street, new Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar said there must be no return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and economic borders must be "invisible".

While he said he regretted Mrs May's decision to leave the single market and customs union, he said the two had a shared objective to minimise disruption to trade after the UK's exit.

Earlier former Marks and Spencer chairman Lord Rose, who chaired the Stronger In campaign last year, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he was reassured that economic considerations were "top of the pile" but ministers needed to be realistic with the public.

Speaking on the same programme, JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin - one of the leading pro-Leave business voices - said negotiators had to be open to possible compromises but also prepared to walk away and to default to World Trade Organization rules if necessary.

"I don't think many people feel that staying in the single market and customs union and being subject to EU laws is Brexit.

"I think Brexit is parliamentary sovereignty and an assertion of democracy. Outside that, I think there is a quite a lot of scope," Mr Martin said.

For Labour, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said there was "real confusion" about the government's mandate after the general election result.

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