EU's Brexit negotiating stance revealed by European Council President Donald Tusk

In her letter, Prime Minister May told European Council President Tusk that the UK Parliament activated Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, thus commencing a two-year discussion regarding the terms of the Brexit.

Although the United Kingdom's immediate priority will be negotiating the terms of the exit - and its future relationship with the European Union, when Prime Minister Bill English was in Europe in January, May promised New Zealand will be one of the first countries to negotiate a free trade agreement with the UK.

A UK Government spokesman said: "These are draft guidelines and we look forward to beginning negotiations once they have been formally agreed by the 27 member states".

The negotiations will be among the most complex global talks ever undertaken. In her trigger letter to Tusk, May called for trade talks to move ahead "alongside" the divorce.

Those warnings have come to fruition a day after the United Kingdom delivered the official Brexit letter to the EU. Ambitions that unite us, so that we are no longer defined by the vote we cast, but by our determination to make a success of the result.

May has said that "no deal is better than a bad deal", and she has the support of pro-Brexit hardliners in her Conservative party, who have been campaigning for decades to leave the EU.

Verhofstadt said it was possible to reach a withdrawal agreement and also one on the "general terms of the future relationship" within the two-year time frame of Brexit talks.

Fourth, we will seek flexible and creative solutions aiming at avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Plus, while Britain is talking about global trade deals it wants to negotiate, those will actually take several years to complete because most of their negotiating partners will wait until the final deal between the U.K and the European Union, she explained.

President Donald Trump has irritated European leaders by praising Britain's exit from the European Union and predicting that other countries would follow.

Speaking to, Sir Bill also questioned Jean-Claude Juncker's contribution to the threats against the United Kingdom, having previously said Britain's Brexit deal will make other countries think "it's not worth leaving" the bloc.

First of all I would like to thank Prime Minister Muscat for his hospitality and the extraordinary job already done by the Maltese presidency.

On Thursday, the British parliament also began the lengthy process of uncoupling the country from more than 40 years of European Union laws and regulation.

"Virtually all of them said spontaneously it's a very positive letter, the tone was good, and so on", he told GMB.

The two issues had been mentioned side by side because they were "all bound up in our membership of the European Union", he said. "And when talking about our future relationship we obviously share the UK's desire to establish a close partnership between us, strong ties, reaching beyond the economy and including security co-operation, remain in our common interest".

The government document, known as a White Paper, sets out how the Great Repeal Bill will ensure a functioning statute book once Britain has left the EU.

  • Leroy Wright