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European Union draft guidelines soften line on future United Kingdom relationship

European Union draft guidelines soften line on future United Kingdom relationship

And it was the former Polish Prime Minister who yesterday unveiled the EU27's draft negotiating guidelines for the upcoming Brexit talks, warning sternly that there will be no future trade pact with the London until after Britain leaves the EU.

"Once, and only once we have achieved sufficient progress on the withdrawal, can we discuss the framework for our future relationship", Tusk told reporters in Malta - a compromise between European Union hardliners who want no trade talks until the full Brexit deal is agreed and British calls for an immediate start.

Another issue is securing the rights of both millions of mainly East European EU citizens in Britain and British people living in other member states.

The EU and Britain have two years to negotiate the terms of Brexit.

EU Council President Donald Tusk this morning pledged that the EU would not pursue a "punitive" approach during forthcoming Brexit negotiations but pointed out that the consequences of the UK's departure would be punitive enough.

European Union president Donald Tusk rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May's demand for immediate parallel negotiations made in her historic letter triggering the Brexit process on Wednesday.

"Once, and only once we have achieved sufficient progress on the withdrawal, can we discuss the framework for our future relationship".

These guidelines show the strength of the EU in these negotiations, and the carelessness of the United Kingdom government in isolating themselves from our European allies.

"It is clear both sides wish to approach these talks constructively".

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Tusk said he would meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London before an April 29 summit in Brussels.

While there is no such thing as a Brexit bill for leaving commitments must be honored, added Tusk.

"That negotiation is led exclusively from the European side by Mr Barnier and I do believe that this is not something of a lip service but this is a true political commitment from each side".

"It is only fair towards all those people, communities, scientists, farmers and so on to whom we, all the 28, promised and owe this money", Mr Tusk said. "Starting parallel talks will not happen", he said. This is why I rule out this kind of interpretation and speculation that security cooperation is used as bargaining chip. "It must be clear that the European Union, as 27, decides if sufficient progress has been achieved, probably in the autumn, at least I hope so".

The Liberal Democrats branded Ms May's letter a "blatant threat", while Labour Chair of the Commons Home Affairs Committee Yvette Cooper said withdrawing security cooperation would be "an act of self-harm", adding: "She should not be trying to use this as a bargaining chip in the negotiations".

The attacker was British-born and Britain is not part of the EU's open-border Schengen zone but London still shares fears - and information - with its European Union peers about radicals who return home after training or fighting with jihadists in the Middle East, North Africa or Afghanistan.

However, what the Prime Ministers means by the proposal remains vague and she has indicated she would be taking a hard line on immigration, accepting only the best and brightest worldwide talent. He said the level of progress would be decided by the 27 member states.

Therefore, it seems likely the EU's ideal Brexit deal would not allow the United Kingdom to begin showing greater preference to United Kingdom producers when offering public contracts or being afforded greater flexibility when awarding state aid to key industries, such as steel.