Verhofstadt Hits Out at Security 'Blackmail' Threat in Brexit Letter From May

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".

The White Paper, which sets out the government's proposals for future legislation, will, according to Brexit minister David Davis, end "the supremacy of lawmakers in Brussels" but also give a legal framework for firms to be able to plan.

May also said she accepts Brexit will carry consequences for the UK. "Only then, later, can we talk about our future relationship".

He said: "A big mistake that we could make from both sides is to start with launching threats to each other".

Within 48 hours, Tusk said, the European Council will draft guidelines for Britain's withdrawal, effectively setting the parameters in which the negotiations will take place.

Mr Davis said the repeal bill would not give the European Court of Justice a "future role" in the interpretation of United Kingdom laws, and United Kingdom courts will not be obliged to consider cases decided by the ECJ after Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May in the cabinet signs the Article 50 letter, as she prepares to trigger the start of the UK's formal withdrawal from the European Union on Wednesday.

"#Brexit", Tusk tweeted after he received the letter, referring to Britain's shock June 23, 2016 referendum vote to leave the EU.

'It is my fierce determination to get the right deal for every single person in this country, ' she said.

His guidelines - which are expected to be formally adopted at an European Union summit at the end of April - are expected to endorse the position of France and Germany that trade talks must wait until the separation has been agreed.

However, in the immediate aftermath of the Article 50 trigger both German German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande said now. But with nationalist, anti-EU parties on the rise across Europe, they can not afford to give London generous terms that might encourage other member states to break away.

The negotiations will be among the most complex worldwide talks ever undertaken.

These will include the United Kingdom abiding by EU rules, paying budget contributions, remaining under the jurisdiction of the European Court and perhaps even accepting freedom of movement - significant issues for those who voted leave.

Britain is still willing to walk away from the European Union with no Brexit deal, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May says. "This unique partnership must be translated into co-operation on economic issues and on security, because that is in the best interest of Britain, France, the European Union and the entire world".

  • Leroy Wright