Brexit negotiations kick off on Monday with David Davis in Brussels for talks with EU officials

 
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The UK voted to leave the European Union on 23 June (Source: Getty)

The UK will launch historic negotiations to quit the European Union on Monday, with Brexit secretary David Davis in Brussels to launch talks.

Davis will visit the Belgian city for talks opening on June 19, just under a year after the UK voted to leave.

He is expected to sit down with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

It represents the second step in a long journey towards leaving the EU, coming after Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 to begin the process back in March.

From that date, the UK has two years to negotiate both its departure and the terms of a new relationship with the EU. Failure to reach a deal by March 2019 will likely see the UK revert to World Trade Organisation trading rules, which would include tariffs on some goods. In addition, WTO rules do not include provisions for trade in services.

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Davis' meetings will come just days before the state opening of parliament, set for Wednesday next week.

Prime Minister Theresa May is yet to reach a deal with the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party to guarantee the passage of a Queen's speech bill through parliament.

May could attempt to force the bill through without DUP support, but rejection by parliament would be tantamount to a vote of no confidence in her government.

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