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The Secretary gave the European Commission’s chief negotiator a first edition of one of the great mountaineering books – a French language version of Regards vers l’Annapurna signed by French author Marcel Ichac.

It is a stunning account of an epic French expedition to the Himalayas in 1950.

Mr Barnier gave Mr Davis a hand-carved wood walking stick from his home town, Savoie in the French Alps.

A UK source said: “Both gifts reflected their shared love of climbing and mountaineering.”

In May, Mr Barnier issued a thinly-veiled warning to Prime Minister Theresa May about the perils of Brexit after discovering their shared love of hill walking.

Mrs May called a snap general election after a walking holiday in Snowdonia in April.

Mr Barnier said: “If you like walking in the mountains, you have to learn a certain number of rules.

“You have to learn to put one foot in front of the other, because sometimes you are on a steep and rocky path.

“You also have to look at what accidents might befall you, falling rocks. And you have to keep looking at the summit, the outcome.”