Saturday, 29 April 2017

EU leaders unanimously agree Brexit negotiating strategy

The remaining 27 EU states have unanimously agreed their strategy for Brexit talks, the European Council president has said.
Donald Tusk said the agreed guidelines give the member states a "firm and fair political mandate" for discussions with Britain over its exit from the EU.

The 27 leaders, who are meeting at a summit in Brussels, took less than 15 minutes to endorse draft guidelines which were issued on 31 March.

Under the terms of the EU strategy, Britain must settle its so-called divorce bill and reach agreement on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK before negotiations can move forward to trade talks.

This puts the EU on a collision course with No 10, as Theresa May has said she wants to negotiate a new trade deal with Europe alongside the divorce settlement.

The EU strategy also states that the Prime Minister has to reach an agreement on the Irish border and provide clarity over EU law in the UK within the withdrawal phase.

During the summit, it is understood that a commitment will be given that if Northern Ireland ever breaks away from the UK, the united Ireland would become an automatic member of the EU.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker described the strategy agreement between EU leaders as "unity in action".

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