By Oladapo Okeowo with agency report
The European Union, will on Friday, unveil its negotiating plan for Brexit.
This comes two days after British Prime Minister Theresa May’s formally informed the bloc of Britain’s intention to leave
EU president Donald Tusk will issue draft guidelines setting out the political priorities of the remaining 27 countries for what promises to be difficult talks to sever Britain from the European bloc.
Germany and France have already united against May’s call to negotiate the exit and the new relationship at the same time. They insist the exit talks must be done with first. Thereafter, talks can begin on the manner of the new relationship.
This hardline position is expected to be reflected in Tusk’s guidelines.
Tusk will give a press conference in Malta with Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, whose country holds the EU’s rotating presidency, to discuss the strategy.
The guidelines are also expected to contain more details on a possible transitional period, between Brexit on March 29, 2019 and the start of a new trade deal some years later.
The EU 27 will adopt the guidelines at a special summit on April 29. The EU’s French chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, is expected to get the green light to start talks with Britain weeks later.
“The EU has proclaimed its unity on Brexit, even as it reels from one of its biggest members becoming the first to start withdrawal negotiations, in the bloc’s 60th anniversary year.
“Brexit is not the end of everything, but we must make it a beginning of something that will be new, stronger and better,” European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said in Malta, Thursday.
Meanwhile, Premier League clubs owners, on Thursday, urged the British government to explore possibilities that would allow the competition’s continual smooth running in the face of the nation’s exit from the EU.
The exit has the potential to adversely affect the transfer in and out of players from the other countries in Europe as the British government is insisting on controlling immigration and end free movement from the EU bloc.