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Brussels - Almost a year since Britons voted to leave the European Union (EU), Brexit talks finally open on Monday amid confusion over just what the UK government wants from the divorce.

What UK Brexit Secretary David Davis describes as the "most complicated negotiation of all time" begins at 11 in Brussels with Prime Minister Theresa May’s government already on the backfoot.

An attempt to strengthen her hand by calling an election backfired and she’s run into further domestic strife since, while the 27 other EU members started out with more leverage anyway.

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