Brexit.- UK triggers “divorce” and Tusk announces EU Council to adopt negotiation guidelines on 29th April

In essence, Brexit negotiations are about damage control, Tusk says

Eva González Brussels (Belgium), 29 March, 2017

Today, the European Council received a letter from the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, notifying the United Kingdom’s intention to leave the European Union.
This notification follows the referendum held in the UK on 23rd June 2016 and starts the withdrawal process under Article 50 of the Treaty.

“So, here it is, six pages: the notification from Prime Minister Theresa May, triggering Article 50 and formally starting the negotiations of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. There is no reason to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels, nor in London. After all, most Europeans, including almost half the British voters wish that we would stay together, not drift apart. As for me I will not pretend that I am happy today,” Donald Tusk (Presiedent of the EU Council said”.

Tusk will share a proposal of the negotiating guidelines with the Member States next Friday eyeing to be adopted by the EU Council on 29th April.

“There is nothing to win in this process, and I am talking about both sides. In essence, this is about damage control,”Tusk underscored. “On Friday I will share a proposal of the negotiating guidelines with the Member States, to be adopted by the European Council on 29 April.

“I will refer to this and I will comment on our proposals on Friday during our press conference with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat in Malta.
What can I add to this? We already miss you.”

People first, EU will act as just one negotiator with constructive approach

Our first priority, underscores the EU Council on its official communication, “will be to minimise the uncertainty caused by the decision of the United Kingdom for our citizens, businesses and Member States. Therefore, we will start by focusing on all key arrangements for an orderly withdrawal.
We will approach these talks constructively and strive to find an agreement. In the future, we hope to have the United Kingdom as a close partner.”

Donald Tusk (President of the EU Council) give some remarks while holding May's letter triggering the Article 50 and therefore the Brexit.© European Council

Donald Tusk (President of the EU Council) give some remarks while holding May’s letter triggering the Article 50 and therefore the Brexit.© European Council

The EU Council continues: “We regret that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, but we are ready for the process that we now will have to follow.
For the European Union, the first step will now be the adoption of guidelines for the negotiations by the European Council. These guidelines will set out the overall positions and principles in light of which the Union, represented by the European Commission, will negotiate with the United Kingdom.
In these negotiations the Union will act as one and preserve its interests.
We will approach these talks constructively and strive to find an agreement. In the future, we hope to have the United Kingdom as a close partner.”

May’s fierce determination “to get the right deal for every single person in this country”

Theresa May gave a statement in Parliament today on her letter notifying the European Council President of the UK’s intention to leave the EU and said: “We seek to guarantee the rights of EU citizens who are already living in Britain, and the rights of British nationals in other member states as early as we can. That is set out very clearly in the letter as an early priority for the talks ahead. We will ensure that workers’ rights are fully protected and maintained. Indeed, under my leadership, not only will the government protect the rights of workers, we will build on them.

“We will pursue a bold and ambitious free trade agreement with the European Union that allows for the freest possible trade in goods and services between Britain and the EU’s member states; that gives British companies the maximum freedom to trade with and operate within European markets; and that lets European businesses do the same in Britain.

Theresa May (UK Prime Minister). © Crown copyright.

Theresa May (UK Prime Minister). © Crown copyright.

“Because European leaders have said many times that we cannot ‘cherry pick’ and remain members of the single market without accepting the 4 freedoms that are indivisible. We respect that position. And as accepting those freedoms is incompatible with the democratically expressed will of the British people, we will no longer be members of the single market.”…”Our vote to leave the EU was no rejection of the values that we share as fellow Europeans.” She ads”As a European country, we will continue to play our part in promoting and supporting those values – during the negotiations and once they are done.

“We will continue to be reliable partners, willing allies and close friends. We want to continue to buy goods and services from the EU, and sell them ours. We want to trade with them as freely as possible, and work with one another to make sure we are all safer, more secure and more prosperous through continued friendship.”…”And yes, those EU nationals who have made this country their home and it is my fierce determination to get the right deal for every single person in this country. For, as we face the opportunities ahead of us on this momentous journey, our shared values, interests and ambitions can – and must – bring us together.”

Image over the headline.- Donald Tusk (President of the EU Council) give some remarks while holding May’s letter triggering the Article 50 and therefore the Brexit -right-. On the left Theresa May (UK Prime Minister). First photo, © European Council. May’s photo, © Crown copyright. Compasition, Eastwind.

Related external links:

Brexit, ¿whats next? (video)

UK Prime Minister’s Commons statement on triggering Article 50

UK Prime Minister’s letter to Donald Tusk triggering Article 50

Remarks by President Donald Tusk following the UK notification

Remarks by President Donald Tusk following the UK notification (video)

Donald Tusk announces European Council on 29/4 to adopt Brexit Guidelines (video)

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