Almost a year since Britons voted to leave the European Union, Brexit talks finally began on Monday amid confusion over what exactly the U.K. government wants from the divorce.

What U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis describes as the "most complicated negotiation of all time" kicked off in Brussels with Prime Minister Theresa May's government already on the back foot. 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.

"We are starting this negotiation in a positive and constructive tone," Davis said in comments to reporters from the European Commission's Berlaymont building headquarters. "There is more that unites us than divides us."

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