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Britain, EU to begin Brexit negotiations on Monday: official

AFP  |  London 

Negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union will begin between British and officials on Monday, the British said in a statement.

"The first round of talks that will see the United Kingdom leave the European Union will start on Monday June 19," the Department for Exiting the European Union ministry said today.

The announcement was agreed today between Brexit minister David Davis and the European Commission's chief negotiator Michel Barnier, the ministry said.

voted by 52 percent in favour of leaving the European Union in a referendum last year.

Prime Minister in March formally notified the of its intention to leave, starting a two-year timetable for negotiating the exit.

will be the first member state ever to leave the bloc.

Negotiations had been expected to begin next week but May's loss of her parliamentary majority in a general last week raised doubts about the date.

She has since said the timetable will remain unchanged but there is growing pressure on her to moderate the government's approach and favour maintaining close ties with the European single market.

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First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 21:42 IST