Best of all, Eurocrats are allowed to go home at 4pm if the temperature in the office goes over 30°C, which could mean an early end to the first day of Brexit talks between Michel Barnier, the chief European Union negotiator and David Davis, the British secretary of state.
Secretary of State for Exiting the EU David Davis described the talks as a mission to deliver on the will of the British people following the referendum of a year ago, Xinhua news reported.
They said discussions would be split into three stages: citizen rights, the single financial settlement and other separation issues.
The talks at the European Commission's headquarters kicked off just shy of a year after the Brexit referendum, when U.K. voters chose to leave the EU by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin, and almost three months after U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May sent a letter formally triggering the withdrawal process.
Davis said the talks would be carried out in "a positive and constructive tone", with Britain looking to forge a "strong and special partnership for the future".
Anxious by mass immigration and loss of sovereignty, Britain previous year voted to end its decades-old membership of the 28-nation bloc in a shock referendum result.
The long awaited negotiations to start the process of Britain leaving the European Union are to get under way in Brussels today.
"In the first step, we will deal with the most pressing issues".
The Conservatives" "hard Brexit' policy, which would involve leaving the single market and slamming to door on free movement, has been softened in days, as a result of losing their parliamentary majority in the June 8 election.
European stocks rose today, partly on optimism about the talks actually getting underway after months of sniping and uncertainty, analysts said.
Britain now appears to have given in on the EU's insistence that the negotiations first focus on three key divorce issues, before moving on to the future EU-UK relationship and a possible trade deal.
The opening skirmish was set to cover the status of expats, the "divorce bill" slapped on us by the European Union and what to do about the Northern Ireland border.
Her pro-EU party won 12 seats at the shock General Election which saw no party with a clear majority and the Conservatives the largest party overall.
Macron, a committed pro-EU leader and ally of Merkel, also easily won French legislative elections on Sunday, cementing his power base.
Mr Hammond indicated temporary exit measures could be put in place for a couple of years before a final deal is sealed.
Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive of lobby group London First, added: "If a comprehensive deal isn't reached by March 2019, we need transitional arrangements that ensure British jobs, growth or living standards aren't threatened while negotiations continue".
A British source close to the talks said: "Both gifts reflected their shared love of climbing and mountaineering".