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The first phase will be focused on the divorce settlement and Britain needs to show sufficient progress on that before European Union states can agree to launch the second phase, which will focus on trade talks and the framework for the two sides' future relationship.

"I voted for Brexit and today is the day that vote starts to count", said Charles Goodacre, a former taxi driver, in the northern England city of Sunderland.

Weber said that trade deals with individual nations, like the one with Canada, take over half a decade to negotiate and even that one is still in the process of full approval.

But during that time, when May hopes to win an election in 2020 where she will want to show she has delivered Brexit, the EU will insist Britain should remain subject to the EU's "regulatory, budgetary, supervisory and enforcement instruments and structures" - effectively accepting existing EU rules and their enforcement by the European Court of Justice.

The UK formally triggered the Brexit process on Wednesday after calling for simultaneous talks on exit terms and future trade ties.

Johnson, speaking in Brussels upon arrival for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting Friday, said he has had good feedback from partners since Wednesday's British announcement, despite worries on both sides of the Channel about Brexit.

The European Parliament's co-ordinator for Brexit, Guy Verhofstadt, said the EU would oppose any attempt by Britain to link security with an exit deal.

Draft guidelines obtained by the Associated Press say that the European Union and Britain must first "settle the disentanglement" of Britain from the bloc.

He said the council's duty is to "minimize the uncertainty and disruption" caused by Brexit for European Union citizens, businesses and member states.

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, who will meet in Malta later on Thursday with EU President Donald Tusk, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, urged the remaining 27 EU nations to pull together.

It's not even certain that the United Kingdom will survive the exit intact.

Spanish minister Inigo Mendez de Vigo says "this is an important point in the future negotiations of the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union".

The SNP accused Mrs May of breaking a promise to secure a UK-wide agreement before triggering Article 50 - and took a swipe at the prime minister's claim that "now is not the time" for another Scottish independence referendum.

The EU's parliament's draft resolution said London's Brexit bill should cover not just outstanding commitments to the bloc's budget but also "provision for off-balance sheet items, contingent liabilities and other financial costs that arise directly as a result of its withdrawal".

But for all the warmth, the next two years will be a tough test of the notion divorcees can remain good friends.

"Only when this question is dealt with, can we, hopefully soon after, begin talking about our future relationship", she said.

May backed away from that notion Wednesday, saying in her letter that both sides should "work hard to avoid that outcome".

The referendum result has also led to a resurgence of Scotland's independence campaign, after Scots voted to stay in the European Union but were outnumbered nationwide. "This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back".

Piotr Wierzbicki, a Polish engineer flying to London from Warsaw airport, said that the British "shot themselves in the foot" by voting to leave the EU, and predicted it would be harder for Europeans to travel to and from the United Kingdom.

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