Britain, EU to launch Brexit talks on Monday: Brexit department

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Union flags displayed on a tourist stall, backdropped by the Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower containing the bell know as Big Ben, in London, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Britain's House of Commons is set to approve a bill authorizing the start ... of exit talks with the European Union — a major step on the road to Brexit. The bill sailed through an earlier vote last week 498-114 and is very likely to pass its final Commons test Wednesday evening. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Britain's Brexit minister David Davis and the European Union's chief negotiator Michel Barnier will start talks over Britain's departure from the EU on Monday, Britain's Department for Exiting the European Union said on Thursday.

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"David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Chief Negotiator, agreed today to launch Article 50 negotiations on Monday, 19 June," the department said in a statement. 

(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, editing by David Milliken)

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