Pictures from Monday’s start of negotiations in Brussels have shown Brexit Secretary David Davis without notes or paperwork as he goes face-to-face with his nemesis, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier.
All three EU officials had thick piles of papers in front of them but Davis, his lead negotiator and Britain’s EU ambassador had none (ok, Oliver Robbins, a senior civil servant, had a slim black notebook and a pen).
It prompted a bout of scorn on social media ...
Well, the UK certainly looks prepared for the second round of Brexit talks. pic.twitter.com/wo7P7TidfG— Ashley Cowburn (@ashcowburn) July 17, 2017
But the richest seam being mined on Twitter was the comparison to David Brent and The Office ...
But David, you're the Brexit Secretary and you haven't even got any notes for the Brexit negotiations. Guilty, get a new rule book. pic.twitter.com/Lke7OKZxe6— Jack McKenna (@_jackmckenna) July 17, 2017
This effort from a former press officer to Jeremy Corbyn elicited some excellent responses.
You don't seem to have made any notes, David.— Matt Zarb-Cousin (@mattzarb) July 17, 2017
"It's all up here!" pic.twitter.com/C3ULsrm3fz
You're not looking at the whole pie, Michael— Matt Zarb-Cousin (@mattzarb) July 17, 2017
*Davis returning from negotiations— McGuire (@mcguireonfire) July 17, 2017
"There's good news, and bad news..." pic.twitter.com/7K5ldZ4OGA
They fear his methods because they don't understand his methods. Human nature, sure, but relax. Judge me by my results— Jack McKenna (@_jackmckenna) July 17, 2017
Did naaat get an agenda— AndyBowden (@andybowdenek) July 17, 2017
"Imagine a cross between the financial crisis and Suez. You've just thought of Brexit, a new policy devised & hosted by David Davis."— Owen Bennett (@owenjbennett) July 17, 2017
David Davis: Trust, encouragement, reward, loyalty...satisfaction— Marc Tessier-Ashpool (@lastcyberpunk) July 17, 2017
*does the hand gesture* https://t.co/JeYJGPv0Az