On Monday 19th June, the first formal meeting between the UK and EU Brexit negotiators took place in Brussels, marking the start of the negotiations. The main figures at this meeting were of course Michel Barnier, EU Chief Negotiator and David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

The meeting focused on the structure of the negotiations and forthcoming issues but also issues related to citizens’ rights, the financial settlement, the Northern Irish border and other separation issues. In his speech after the meeting, Michel Barnier said the meeting had been very useful and that both negotiators agreed on dates, organization and priorities for the negotiations.

The negotiations are set to be organized in rounds that will happen every four weeks and consist of plenary sessions and negotiating group meetings. The next round will therefore be during the week of the 17th July. For more information read the Terms of Reference for the Article 50 TEU negotiations.

The Commission has created a website for the Brexit negotiations, where you can see the organization of the Article 50 task force, official negotiating documents and the latest updates.

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