UK fight looms over gov't plan for 'great repeal' of EU laws

"The European Council will monitor progress closely and determine when sufficient progress has been achieved to allow negotiations to proceed to the next phase on a future relationship". He said he hoped that could come as soon as the autumn. "In essence, this is about damage control", Tusk said while discussing the withdrawal process.

The UK government said its Great Repeal Bill, announced to Parliament in October, would "allow for a smooth and stable transition as the UK leaves the European Union, ensuring that, wherever practical, the same rules and laws will apply after exit day".

It will take a summit of the 27 leaders, however, to signal that that moment has come.

In a written statement following a phone call with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday, Hollande said discussions would first need to focus on "citizens' rights" and "obligations arising from the U.K.'s commitments".

London - Brussels - The UK government has formally began Wednesday a legal process to exit the European Union, by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which sets in motion a series of events which leaves the UK and the EU on amicable terms after two years of negotiation.

Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, has insisted the EU will not be "punitive" in its approach to "confrontational" Brexit talks, warning that "Brexit is punitive enough".

Gnodde said that the Wall Street firm would only be able to make long-term decisions on its future footprint once negotiations between Britain and the European Union were complete.

Officials in Europe and Britain both acknowledge that the two-year deadline for negotiating Brexit is extremely tight.

"We approach these talks constructively, respectfully and in a spirit of honest cooperation", she said.

Among the criticisms aimed at May, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, lablled the tactic "blackmail", and warned that security should not be used as a bargaining chip.

'We already miss you, ' Tusk said. He also said he will have proposal for Brexit negotiating mandate on Friday.

The EU said that no trade deal can be agreed on before Brexit takes effect.

"We have every reason, in reality, to be brimming with confidence", Johnson wrote in the newspaper.

Tusk will speak around 9:45am, alongside Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat whose government holds the bloc's rotating presidency.

"It will also ensure we deliver on our promise to end the supremacy of European Union law in the United Kingdom as we exit".

A copy of draft guidelines from the European Union on the subject of Britain's invoking of Article 50 which were obtained by the Associated Press Friday March 31, 2017.

  • Zachary Reyes