Davis dramatically quit yesterday over a plan for Britain to keep strong economic ties with the EU even after leaving in March next year, telling Prime Minister Theresa May she was giving "too much away too easily" in negotiations.
"Not for us. We're here to work," Schinas said, underlining the EU's much-repeated mantra that time is running out for talks and the commission -- the EU's executive arm which is handling talks for the 27 other member countries -- is "available 24/7" to try to thrash out a deal.
Schinas said that the EU "will continue to negotiate in goodwill, bona fide, with Prime Minister May and the UK negotiators in order to reach a deal."
May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker spoke by telephone yesterday evening, several hours before Davis stepped down, to discuss May's plans, Schinas added.
Davis stepped down as he was unhappy at May's proposal for Brexit, agreed with her deeply divided cabinet in crunch talks at her official country retreat on Friday, which would see Britain adopt EU rules on goods after Brexit.
Schinas insisted it made little difference to the EU who was leading the talks for Britain.
"What matters for us is the negotiating mandate that our 27 member states have set for us and to which we are complying fully." There was no immediate reaction from Davis's opposite number in the EU, Frenchman Michel Barnier.
Former Belgian premier Verhofstadt called for Britain to unite around a softer Brexit, adding: "It is in the interest of both that we move the negotiations forward.
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