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Brexit Negotiations Edging Closer: Theresa May's Article 50 letter and Donald Tusk's draft negotiation guidance

Overview

On March 29, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May sent the European Council formal notification of the United Kingdom's intention to withdraw from the EU and the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM).

In return, on March 31 European Council President Donald Tusk issued draft guidelines for the withdrawal negotiations. These will be discussed and adopted by the 27 remaining Member States at an ad hoc European Council meeting scheduled for April 29. Both documents set out each party's expectations for the process and outcome of the negotiations.

While the UK's and the EU's view are in line on certain issues, such as their willingness to remain close partners in the future and to conclude a comprehensive agreement, there are a number of points of divergence.

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