Europe Lays Out Approach to Brexit Negotiations

The guidelines, which may be revised before the EU27 leaders endorse them at an April 29 summit, came two days after British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered a two-year countdown to her country's withdrawal in a letter to Mr Tusk that included a request for a rapid start to negotiations on a post-Brexit free trade deal.

In her letter formally triggering the Brexit process, May said she wanted the United Kingdom to have a "deep and special partnership" with the EU.

Tusk said that the main duty is to minimize uncertainty and disruption for citizens, businesses and member states.

He also stressed that during the two-year talks which were triggered last Wednesday when the United Kingdom invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, there would be no parallel talks with the 27 member states.

The priority of the EU's remaining 27 member states would be to protect their social and economic interests, Sigmar Gabriel told German parliament, a day after British Prime Minister Theresa May launched the two-year negotiation process to quit the bloc. "The jobs are not coming forward, they are low paid, temporary, insecure, which led to Brexit in the first place", Shakespeare said.

The United Kingdom formally began its exit from the bloc on Wednesday.

In her letter, the prime minister expressed her belief that "it is necessary to agree the terms of our future partnership alongside those of our withdrawal from the European Union".

The outpost at the southern point of the Iberian peninsula has a population of 32,000 and about 96 percent of its residents voted to remain in the European Union a year ago. On Thursday, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May revealed plans addressing how European Union laws will be converted to domestic code-that includes the 12,000 European Union regulations British citizens now follow.

After narrowly voting to leave the EU in June, British politicians haven't had many nice things to say about their European partners.

She will express hope "that we are no longer defined by the vote we cast, but by our determination to make a success of the result".

"Once, and only once we have achieved sufficient progress on the withdrawal, can we discuss the framework for our future relationship", Tusk said at a joint press conference with Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

"We must deal with many rights and obligations that have been linked to membership".

Draft guidelines obtained by The Associated Press say the European Union and Britain must first "settle the disentanglement" of Britain from the bloc.

London has been lobbying hard for parallel talks, but Berlin and other capitals oppose any discussion of a future relationship with Britain until its exit deal is agreed. The guidelines that Tusk is putting to European Union members make it clear that withdrawal from the bloc comes ahead of any new relationship with Britain even though the rough outlines such a relationship may partially overlap.

  • Jon Douglas