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EU to lay out Brexit response, set negotiating priorities

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 01:35

The European Union will tell Britain on Friday how it aims to negotiate its ''orderly withdrawal'' from the bloc, limit uncertainties for businesses and pave the way for a close future partnership. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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Britain has told the the European Union it's going to leave. Now the EU is setting out its strategy for the coming talks. Two days after Prime Minister Theresa May launched the formal divorce process from the Brussels club, European Council chair Donald Tusk will present his proposed guidelines for Brexit talks, setting the EU's negotiating priorities for the two-year withdrawal process. The 27 member states besides the UK to study the guidelines before they are made public, but are expected to present a united front. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also firing a warning shot across the Atlantic. (SOUNDBITE) (German) EU COMMISSION PRESIDENT, JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER, SAYING: "Brexit is not the end. There are many who would find it wonderful if it were the case, also on another continent where a newly-elected president was delighted that Britain is leaving the European Union, and has also encouraged other countries to do exactly the same. If it continues in that way, I would encourage Ohio's independence and the exit of Texas from the United States of America." The guidelines aiming to limit uncertainties for businesses, and encourage a close future partnership. They are expected to be endorsed at an April 29 summit - paving the way for some of the most complex international talks ever undertaken.

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EU to lay out Brexit response, set negotiating priorities

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 01:35