London, March 31: As Britain’s PM Theresa May signed the ‘divorce’ letter with the EU; European Council President Donald Tusk will now have to set draft guidelines to negotiate the UK’s departure from the 27 member bloc. The guidelines are yet to be published and once written, it will be sent to the Downing Street.
EU leaders say the UK must first agree its exit terms before talks can move on to future ties. London is calling for simultaneous talks.
Currently, in Malta at a meeting of EU centre-right leaders, Tusk is expected to send the draft guidelines to the 27 EU members today. The discussion on the draft will be held in a closed door meeting in Brussels.
Earlier, Theresa May requested that the terms of the future UK-EU partnership to be negotiated “alongside” the terms of the divorce, which was rejected by the German chancellor Angela Merkel. It was also shot down again this time by the outgoing French president, Francois Hollande.
European leaders are expected to formally reject British demands to hold trade talks at the same time as negotiating the terms of the UK’s "divorce" from the EU.
British Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered the Brexit process on Wednesday, by sending the Article 50 notification to Mr Tusk.