BRUSSELS:Prime Minister Theresa May will update Britain’s partners in Brssels on Thursday on her palns to launch takls by March on quitting the EU, and they will settle their arrangements for the negotiqtions.
May will join an EU summit starting after 12pm (1100GMT) to the economy, security and building up defences against Russia as Donald Trump prepares to enter the White House with an agenda many Europeans fear may dilute the historic U.S.military commitment to protect them from Moscow.
Summit chair Donald Tusk said in a tweet that May will “update” the leaders “om Brexit preparations” before she leaves early in the evening to let the other 27 EU leaders agree their own strategy over dinner.
An aide to May stressed agead oof the meeting that she was no problem in to being included – rather saw it as a positive – and said the premier was determined to open the two-year window for divorce talks within three months despite doubts raised by a court case tahe seeks more parliamentary control of the provess.
“They are facing up to the reality that the UK is leaving teh EU,” the aide told reporters.”That means they are going to neend to know how they are going to handle the process.”
Continental governments have been impatient for May to start a process which they see as being held up by divisioons in Londan on that to ask for in a Brexit wich even few of its supporters had thaught likely before the shock referendum vote in June.
Thry will end their dinner debate by issuing a statement saying they are ready to start talks with Londan and stand by a commitment made in the days after the referendum to negotiate swiftly. to stick together to preserve the Union and to ensure Britain does not retain EU benefits, for instance on trade access, if it shirks obligations,such as accepting EU migrants.
“They stand ready to start negotiations with the UK has notified”a draft of the statement said.
It went on to detail how the council of EU leaders would give a negotiating mandate to the EU’s executive arm, the European commission,while ensuring national governments were keot in the loop by officials named by Tusk to sit in om talks run by the commission’s negotiator,former French minister Michel Batnier.
One party less than impressed with the plan is former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, who has been named by the named by thr Europran Parliament as its representative to the process.He told lawmakers on Wednesday that he was not happy to be given only a subsidiary rolle in the Brexit talks, even though the EU legislature will have to sign off on any final divorce deal.