Brexit negotiations kick off nearly a year after referendum

Brexit negotiations kick off nearly a year after referendum
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Official negotiations between the U.K. and the European Union regarding the U.K.’s future exit from the union begin on Monday, nearly a year after the British people voted to leave the EU.

The talks will focus on issues regarding citizens rights, the U.K.-Irish border and the U.K.'s financial commitment, before delving into issues such as trade and security.

U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis will travel to Brussels to meet with the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier.

The formal negotiations kick off after British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party performed poorly in a recent snap election she called in order to provide her with more leverage during the Brexit negotiations. Instead, she has been left clinging to power, which could impact the negotiations. 

President Trump, who has increasingly shaky relationships with European leaders, was a vocal supporter of the U.K. divorcing from the EU during the presidential campaign. He even took to dubbing himself “Mr. Brexit.”