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Brexit: Tusk and May in 'friendly' meeting


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Brexit: Tusk and May in 'friendly' meeting

Let’s try to ease tensions. That is apparently what European Council President Donald Tusk and British Prime Minister Theresa May have agreed to do when it comes to the upcoming Brexit talks.

They have met in London, a meeting described as “good and friendly,” and have agreed to keep in regular contact during the divorce proceedings.

Tusk’s visit to Downing Street comes after the European Parliament adopted a resolution which sets the so-called red lines for the negotations.

The thrust is that the UK’s future relationship with the EU will only be discussed after “substantial progress” is made on key issues.

An EU official has said issues such as Gibraltar will inevitably become “difficult.” There has already been a war of words over the British overseas territory, sparked by draft negotiating guidelines.

Following the meeting, May’s office said in a statement that the UK’s position on Gibraltar had not changed.

“The UK would seek the best possible deal for Gibraltar as the UK exits the EU and there would be no negotiation on the sovereignty of Gibraltar without the consent of its people,” it said.