European Union leaders have unanimously agreed over the controversial guidelines for Brexit talks with the UK.
European Council President Donald Tusk, who was chairing the Brexit summit in Brussels, in a Tweet he said, that the “firm and fair political mandate” for the talks was ready. Further discussion will be held after the 8 June general elections. Deadline for these talks is up to 29 March 2019.
The chief negotiator of European Union Michel Barnier said, “We are ready… we are together,” he added, “This extraordinary meeting shows the unity of the 27 on a clear line, but this unity is not directed against Britain, I think that it is also in its interest.”
French president, François Hollande, said: “There will inevitably be a price and a cost for Britain, it’s the choice they made.
“We must not be punitive, but at the same time it’s clear that Europe knows how to defend its interests, and that Britain will have a less good position outside the EU than in the EU.”
Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel said, “It’s an internal problem she wants to resolve in the Conservative party, to have not a hard Brexit or a soft Brexit, but Theresa’s Brexit,” he said. “We are very united. You seem surprised, but it’s a fact.”
The Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said, “as you get to a certain level, as far as possible, and say now we are confident about this, then we have to swiftly start talking about the future relationships trade and also politics.”
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel said, “We want to have good relations with Great Britain in the future, but we want to represent our interests as the 27. So far this has been a real success.”
“We will hold the negotiations on separation first and then at a certain point when the substantive points in the separation negotiations we will come to a point when we can talk about the future.
“The separation negotiations on the rights of citizens of our states in the UK and of UK citizens in the EU. Also financial questions are part of the separation questions,” she said.