(Brexit) EU says draft guidelines will be ready within two days of notice
Monday, March 20, 2017
European Council President Donald Tusk says he will present draft guidelines for the negotiations on Britain's departure from the bloc within two days of London notifying its intention to leave on March 29.
Tusk has tweeted that "within 48 hours of the UK triggering Article 50, I will present the draft Brexit guidelines to the EU 27 member states.''
By triggering Article 50 of the EU's governing treaty, Britain will set in a motion a process that is expected to see it officially leave in early 2019.
Once the draft negotiating guidelines have been accepted, the European Commission will legally recommend the starting of talks. The remaining 27 EU member states would then have to sign off on that move and formally give a mandate to French politician Michel Barnier to conduct the negotiations on their behalf.
That process is likely to take at least a month, as a summit of EU leaders must be called.-AP