May says will get best Brexit deal for British enclave Gibraltar

Commenting on Mrs May's meeting with the European Council chief, a Downing Street spokesperson said:"The Prime Minister and President of the European Council Donald Tusk had talks this afternoon in Downing Street following last week's Article 50 notification".

The EPP's leader, Manfred Weber of Germany, told the assembly that "we want a fair and constructive atmosphere", but warned that Britain can not get a better deal by leaving the bloc, instead of staying inside.

Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament, said the remarks were "unacceptable" while the leader of the largest MEP grouping said Mr Farage should not speak on behalf of the EFDD on matters related to Brexit.

He also said the European Union will insist Britain pay for its outstanding financial commitments until it leaves the bloc and will seek assurances over the border between European Union member Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK. "Leave means leave", the conservatives' leader Manfred Weber said.

But the 27 countries will not formally approve the Tusk guidelines until a summit on April 29.

Cutting down on the hundreds of thousands of European Union citizens who move to Britain every year was one of the main arguments in the referendum campaign.

"This position reflects the sound understanding within the Parliament of our unique issues, not least in relation to the peace process, the border and the Common Travel Area, and the need to address these issues effectively in the forthcoming negotiations", Mr Flanagan said.

The spokesman said May told Tusk that Britain would seek the best possible Brexit deal for Gibraltar, its internally self-governing territory attached to the south coast of Spain.

Both men also said Britain would have to pay a divorce bill to settle financial commitments it made as member of the EU.

Members of the European Parliament said the transitional arrangements should be governed by the EU's top court, a condition that may prove hard for the United Kingdom government to accept, as Ms.

In reaction, Mr Farage said he was willing to change "mafia" to "gangsters" so not to rile Italian sensitivities.

"It's common sense, it's pragmatic for people, it's pragmatic for businesses, and I believe that's what we will be working for and it's what both sides will be working for". "We are being given a ransom note".

But Verhofstadt, a former Belgian premier, predicted that a future generation of young Britons would seek to rejoin the European fold.

  • Julie Sanders