Most of the #European Union and its citizens are understandably anxious about the outcome of these Brexit negotiations. German car manufacturers are particularly concerned about how Britain's #EU departure will affect its exports to the UK, as are French wine producers. Equally, the City of London would desire a free trade agreement between both sides to avoid minimal disruption to its business activities. It would also dissuade banks from the temptation of relocating to Paris and Frankfurt.

The British Government has managed to sort out its priorities in these Brexit discussions. David Davis has tried his utmost to compromise with the European Commission.

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He recently offered a brief customs agreement after the UK leaves the trading bloc on March 2019. He has published five papers that will specify how Britain and the EU can cooperate in the future. He has made it clear that EU citizens residing here will be allowed to stay and that the UK Government does not intend to pay a divorce bill.

Mr. Davis is succeeding where the trading bloc is not

All the Government's critics say their strategy regarding leaving the EU is completely muddled. Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, tweeted that the Conservatives want to "have their cake and eat it" by issuing a temporary customs deal. But Mr. Davis is succeeding where the trading bloc is not; he is showing he is willing to compromise. This is something the latter is utterly failing to do.

In contrast to the UK Government's #Brexit goals, the EU has got their priorities horribly wrong.

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Their sole focus is on the size of Britain's divorce bill. They have proposed numerous sums that Mr. Davis is not willing to pay. They have defeated their own logic by moving withdrawal discussions forward and delaying trade negotiations. The Brexit Secretary is absolutely right to suggest customs and trade need to be resolved prior to the Irish border, because it is not clear what the latter will look like if no compromise is reached on the former.

Mr. Davis wants to prevent a cliff-edge

It is no wonder German car manufacturers and French winemakers are so worried about these discussions. Mr. Davis wants to prevent a cliff-edge for businesses and consumers, but Michel Barnier does not seem bothered about that. The irony is, the EU's future depends on British trade. If they lose all their revenue from the UK, they will be more than doomed.

Mr. Davis has shown he is willing to play ball, yet the same cannot be said for Mr. Barnier.