"If you ask me are we going to make concessions, I must tell you that it is the United Kingdom that is leaving the EU, the single market, the customs union and not the other way around", the former European commissioner and French foreign minister told a joint press conference with Davis.
It left an image of a dysfunctional Britain coming up against a well-oiled European Union negotiating machine.
The report found that a quarter of organizations would be negatively impacted by a restriction on European Union migrants to only those who have job offers.
Most commentators believe the vote sent a message that the British public do not want a "hard Brexit" - quitting all aspects of the EU, closing the borders to free movement, walking away from the European courts, abandoning the single market and customs union.
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However the report warned against the government targeting an arbitrary limit of the absolute numbers of migration, such as a pledge to bring immigration into the tens of thousands.
It also would have to accept the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, "or at least a joint court that is staffed by Europeans and Britons" and in principle follows the ECJ's rulings, Gabriel said.
That source, and another in the Conservative party, said May's misjudged election gamble had undermined her authority, leaving her in the thrall of the two wings of her party that have differing views for Brexit - "purists" who want a clean break and "remainers" pressing for close ties.
"We will then publish a detailed paper outlining our offer on Monday", Davis said.
"To that end, we are starting negotiations in a positive and constructive tone, determined to build a strong and special partnership between ourselves and our European partners and friends in the future", he said.
The Commission statement said: "The opening of negotiations at political level next week will focus on issues related to citizens' rights, the financial settlement, the Northern Irish border and other separation issues, as part of the sequenced approach to the talks".
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He said it had been "incredibly emotional working in there", adding: "On Saturday I went in myself and went to the top floor". However, there was unhappiness that the Prime Minister's visit to victims came more than 48 hours after the disaster.
The EU rejected that proposal, arguing the divorce bill needed to be settled before negotiations on trade could begin. A fair deal for both sides was possible, he said.
May's Conservatives need the support of the Protestant DUP's 10 lawmakers to have a majority in parliament, and some have called for the government to take a cross-party approach to Brexit given May's weakened position following the election.
Mr Barnier and Mr Davis will meet every four weeks over the coming months, bringing their teams together for a matter of days each time.
Davis has already played a key role in Brexit, having helped Theresa May to get the Article 50 Bill through Parliament earlier this month. We can only hope there is; after all, the 27 nations of the European Union have used the last three months to get their ducks in line on their terms for Britain's departure from the bloc, while the tides have been changing here following the hung parliament.
"We're still in uncharted waters today and we don't know exactly how it's going to look, so we've got to plan ahead".
He added: "It's not as if Europe is leaving Britain; Britain wants to leave the EU".
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Both sides were keen to stress they were entering the talks, which they hope will reach agreement in autumn 2018, in good faith. Barnier however said that "a fair deal is possible and is far better than no deal - that is what I said to David today".