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What Comes Next After U.K. Triggers Brexit Talks: QuickTake Q&A

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Brexit Triggered: What Happens Now?

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Nine months after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May plans to open divorce proceedings on March 29. The negotiations could turn “vicious,” according to Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says they will be “very, very, very difficult.” Both the EU and the U.K. will have to determine what is and isn’t negotiable.

No. The June 2016 referendum, in which 52 percent of British voters chose to leave the EU, was just the start of a lengthy process. If May has her way, the actual split will occur in the first half of 2019. Its contours are about to be negotiated.