European Union leaders agree Brexit negotiating guidelines: Donald Tusk

European Union leaders agree Brexit negotiating guidelines: Donald Tusk

European Union leaders agree Brexit negotiating guidelines: Donald Tusk

"It is important to provide reassurance that it does not undermine any provision in the Good Friday Agreement, and if the provision on unity by peaceful means and by consent and democratic means is invoked at some time in future, EU membership is assured, and is now unanimously accepted by the European Council to endorse that legal base", he said.

Erdogan has also said he wants to re-establish the death penalty, seen as a move that would scuttle any hopes of reinvigorating the European Union membership talks.

His Danish counterpart lars Loekke Rasmussen who also attended the meeting, said leaving the bloc would be "a big challenge for all" but the 27 other European Union countries "are not going to punish Britain for leaving the European Union cooperation".

Loekke Rasmussen said after Saturday's European Union summit in Brussels that a formal decision would be made in the fall on where the agencies will be located. Unofficial estimates put the figure at €50bn but no official calculations have been made.

The guidelines point out there can be no discussions on a future relationship before some key issues like how much Britain owes the bloc are sufficiently agreed, the issue of the Irish border with Britain is settled and, Tusk said, that the welfare of citizens and families living in each other's nations will be the priority once the talks start. There's absolutely no question about it.

The guidelines halted British hopes of having future trade relations being discussed concurrently all through the talks. And to handle it with genuine care, but fairly.

'This I think is the only possible way to move forward.

"We need to secure the best guarantees for our citizens and their families", the former Polish prime minister said.

"And the Commission has already prepared a precise and detailed list of citizens' rights we want to protect".

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Mr Tusk said sustained unity of the 27 would help Ms May since she would have political certainty throughout the talks. "All 27 member states and the European institutions agree on this".

Mrs May sought to exploit divisions within Labour over its leadership by telling voters: "I know this city is one of the places that people call a "traditional Labour area", but here, and in every constituency across the country, it may say Labour on the ballot, but it's Jeremy Corbyn that gets the vote".

"Progress on people, money and Ireland must come first".

Polls have consistently shown no desire either in Northern Ireland or in the Republic for unification. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker complained Saturday that the United Kingdom is now blocking the EU's long-term budget plans.

Various sources in Brussels have suggested the meeting did not go well, with both sides hardening their line on the upcoming negotiations, particularly over the so-called "exit bill" and the sequencing of the negotiations.

"Let me be clear, this is not about triggering any mechanism".

Mr Tusk said "sufficient progress" on all of those were needed before the EU's future relationship with Europe could be addressed.

The call for a united front comes hot on the heels of a war of words between May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said Britain should not have "illusions" about the talks.

"Countries with a third country status - and that's what Great Britain will be - can not and will not have the same or even more rights as a member of the European Union".

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