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Sunderland voted to 'Leave' and now Brexit negotiations begin

EU Referendum count in Sunderland

7:47am 19th June 2017
(Updated 12:57pm 19th June 2017)

The people of Sunderland voted for it, and now formal negotiations begin on the UK officially leaving the EU.

In the June 23rd referendum last year, nearly 52 thousand on Wearside voted to 'remain' a part of the European Union, while over 82 thousand voted to 'leave' the EU.

Brexit secretary David Davis now heads to Brussels to meet the European Commission's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier.

Discussions will focus on citizens' rights and the UK's financial obligations for 'Brexiting'.

Alex Barker, from the Financial Times, says it'll be costly:

The government's promised a united approach but Labour's accused it of being in a "complete mess" ahead of the meetings.

The Foreign Secretary thinks talks on the UK leaving the European Union can be done with "profit and honour" for both sides.

Boris Johnson's been sounding upbeat as he went in to a separate meeting in Luxembourg:

EU Referendum count in Sunderland Sue Stanhope

We've been hearing from the North East Labour MEP Jude Kirton-Darling as the negotiations begin in Brussels.

Jude Kirton Daling MEP NE Lab at Software Centre2

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