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Brexit talks begin

We are determined to grasp the opportunities that lie ahead for Britain as we leave the EU.

The first official talks to leave the European Union have now begun.

We are leaving the European Union, and delivering on that historic referendum result. The Government is determined to secure a deal that works for all parts of the United Kingdom, and enables us to become a truly global Britain. We have a bold vision for the UK’s future after it leaves the EU and the exciting opportunities that will arise from our exit.

Leaving the European Union gives us the opportunity to forge a bright new future for the UK — one where we are free to control our borders and pass our own laws. We will soon introduce bills for new immigration and customs arrangements, and the Great Repeal Bill will transpose all EU law into UK law, providing certainty for businesses.

We want to make sure we get the best possible deal with the European Union. These talks will be difficult at points, but we will be approaching them in a constructive and respectful way. It is vital that the deal we strike allows both the UK and the EU to thrive, as part of the new deep and special partnership we want with our closest allies and friends.