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Soon after the European Council President Donald Tusk issued draft guidelines on how the EU intends to negotiate the UK’s departure from the bloc.
The EU has outlined its strategy for Brexit negotiations, suggesting talks on a trade deal could begin once “sufficient progress” is made on a separation settlement with the UK.
The draft guideline, issued by European Council President Donald Tusk, argue for a “phased approach” in talks.
The draft will be sent to the 27 member states for approval. They will set the tone for two years of negotiations.
Britain formally triggered the Brexit process on Wednesday.
It had called for simultaneous talks on exit terms and future trade ties.
In a news conference in Malta on Friday, Mr Tusk made clear that “starting parallel talks on all issues at the same time as suggested by some in the UK will not happen”.
“Only once we have achieved sufficient progress on the withdrawal can we discuss the framework for our future relationship,” he said.
Mr Tusk added that while the talks would be “difficult, complex and sometimes even confrontational”, the EU would not “pursue a punitive approach”.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered the Brexit process by sending the Article 50 notification letter to Mr Tusk on Wednesday.
The two are to meet in London ahead of an EU summit on Brexit, which will not include her, on 29 April.
Source: BBC News