British media and Twitter commentators pounced on images taken as Davis and his team sat down opposite the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier; all three EU officials had thick piles of papers in front of them, while Davis, his lead negotiator and Britain's EU ambassador had none.
"And now it's time to get down to work and make this a successful negotiation". On Thursday afternoon, Davis and Barnier should hold a news conference, to fix publicly what has been agreed so far. The EU also accepted that details on the Brexit terms will still be open when trade talks start.
Mr Hammond said: "They shouldn't have done it frankly because Cabinet meetings are supposed to be a private space in which we have a serious discussion".
He pointed to four categories where they needed to make progress on: "The issue of citizens' rights, the issue of finance, of separation and of course, separately, Northern Ireland".
It said Britain's plan "would cast a dark cloud of vagueness and uncertainty over millions of Europeans" by giving EU citizens living in Britain fewer rights than those of British citizens in the EU.
During four days of talks the two sides hope to make progress on key issues surrounding Britain's withdrawal, including citizens' rights and its exit bill, so that negotiations can move on to discuss a future trade deal later this year.
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Britain's "divorce bill" is estimated at about €60 billion although some commentators have suggested it could be as large as €100 billion.
The Brexit Secretary is hoping to win round Michel Barnier over Britain's plan to guarantee the future rights of European nationals living in the United Kingdom amid deep divisions back home.
David Davis is to reassure negotiators in Brussels of the UK's plan to guarantee the rights of European Union nationals in the country after Brexit.
"It's not going to be months, it's going to be years, I think, if we're going to have an effective, smooth transition to a new arrangement assuming that that arrangement is negotiated". But in a mark of the cross-Channel gulf in perceptions, many in London have questioned the need for a transition, during which Britain would have to follow European Union rules and pay into the Brussels budget.
The former Labour Prime Minister said it is possible the will of the British people could change as the public becomes more aware of the potential economic damage of a hard Brexit.