Work to set the terms of the UK’s future relationship with the EU has begun. Formal negotiations will start once the UK has officially signalled its intent to withdraw under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, more on which can be read here.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has installed David Davis in the new role of Secretary of State for Exiting the EU and he will lead the process from Westminster. In Brussels the negotiations will be driven by the European Council, whose political decisions are made by the leaders of the member states themselves. Supporting them will be an army of officials from the EU’s main institutions.
The individuals likely to play a leading role in the months and years to come include Europe’s power players such as Angela Merkel, the leaders of the EU bodies including Donald Tusk – and influential EU civil servants like Belgian Didier Seeuws.