Mr Davis said that the talks will begin “in a positive and constructive tone, determined to build a strong and special partnership between ourselves and our European allies and friends”.
He added: “I’m in Brussels today, like Michel, to begin the next phase of our work to build a new, deep and special relationship with the European Union.”
But who is sitting at the negotiating table with Mr Davis and who will Theresa May have to face from the EU?
UK Brexit Team
David Davis – Brexit Secretary
Mr Davis, 68, has been the Prime Minister’s right hand man since his appointment as the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union in 2016.
The seasoned politician and former SAS reservist is at the forefront of Britain’s exit strategy, insisting that Britain can and will walk away from a bad deal.
Despite this ultimatum, the Eurosceptic has expressed his wish to secure a “strong and special partnership” with the EU through the discussions.
In the run-up to the 2016 EU referendum, the Leave campaigner criticised the EU for failing to “modernise” and leading Europe towards “decline”.
Brexit Secretary David Davis is spearheading the Brexit negotiations
Senior civil servant Oliver Robbins, right, is joining Mr Davis
Oliver Robbins – Senior civil servant
Mr Robbins, 42, is one of Britain’s leading civil servants and will take over the reins from Mr Davis when the Brexit Secretary is in London.
As the former second permanent secretary at the Home Office, he can draw on his experience with immigration and border security when Britain hashes out an immigration deal.
Mr Robbins is said to be incredibly non-partisan and is known in the circles of Whitehall as Mrs May’s “sherpa” – the go-to-man for all important…