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Thursday 24 August 2017

Officials on both sides confirm Brexit talks will start on June 19

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Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

The first round of Brexit talks will start on June 19, officials on both sides have confirmed.

The following joint statement has been issued by the Department for Exiting the European Union and the European Commission:

"Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Chief Negotiator, and David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, agreed today to launch Article 50 negotiations on Monday, 19 June."

While Theresa May's decision to hold a snap election initially frustrated EU officials, the aim for a clear mandate to negotiate Brexit was appreciated.

Rather than establishing clarity, however, this shock election result created political chaos - and more uncertainty in terms of reaching a reasonable deal on Brexit.

However, the officials for both the UK government and the European Union have now confirmed that talks are still due to begin on June 19.

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