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But pictures showed the UK team without any paperwork as they sat across the table from the Eurocrats - who were armed with huge piles of documents.After greeting Mr Barnier this morning, Mr Davis insisted the teams from the UK and EU were now getting to the 'heart of the matter'.'For us it is incredibly important we now make good progress,' he said.'That we negotiate through this and identify the differences, so that we can deal with them, and identify the similarities so that we can move forward.'And now it's time to get down to work and make this a successful negotiation.'Mr Barnier said: 'I look forward to our negotiations this week.We'll now delve into the heart of the matter.'We need to examine and compare our respective positions in order to make good progress.'However, Mr Davis only stayed in Brussels for around three hours - before heading back to London and leaving officials to discuss technical details.Mr Davis is facing strong opposition from the EU over Britain's proposals for rights of European nationals living in the UK, as well as pressure to accept paying a huge 'divorce' bill.That row was quietly defused with a written Government statement acknowledging Britain had obligations to the EU which would continue after the UK had left and which 'need to be resolved'However ministers also faced criticism at home over their plans to withdraw from the EU nuclear regulator, Euratom, amid warnings the UK find its access to radioactive isotopes used to treat cancer restricted.All three issues will be on the agenda for this week's discussions, which are expected to continue to Thursday, along with the thorny matter of the future border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Mr Cummings - who helped run the Vote Leave campaign but says he has not spoken to Mr Gove since June last year - also branded Mr Davis 'lazy as a toad' and 'vain as Narcissus'.
The first phase of the Brexit talks will cover the divorce settlement - with the main topics reciprocal rights for UK and EU citizens, the potential bill for Britain, and the Northern Ireland border.
David Davis is facing strong opposition from the EU over Britain's proposals for rights of European nationals living in the UK, as well as pressure to accept paying a huge 'divorce' bill.
One unnamed Cabinet minister was reported have hit back, claiming Mr Hammond was part of an attempt by 'the Establishment' to prevent Britain ever leaving the EU.
The Daily Telegraph quoted the minister as saying: 'What's really going on is that the Establishment, the Treasury, is trying to f*** it up.