valetta - First the divorce, then the future relationship. The EU underlines hard off the desire of the British Government simultaneously with the negotiations on the British departure from the EU to arrange a new form of cooperation. 'That will not happen,' said EU President Donald Tusk Friday in Valetta, Malta.
He explained his proposal on the United Kingdom and Gibraltar European Union membership referendum strategy for the 27 remaining EU countries to which he sent Friday to the capital.
Tusk wants only 'the people think,' he said. 'The status of non-British EU citizens living, working and studying in Britain must be guaranteed. 'His second priority is to prevent a legal void for businesses because EU law over two years are no longer applicable in the United Kingdom.
London also has to meet its financial obligations and Tusk wants a 'flexible solution' to the border (UK) Northern Ireland and Ireland.
The 27 will now take part themselves with the directives EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier with his British counterpart to work needs. On April 29 meet EU leaders in Brussels to fix them permanently. Tusk said that the main thrust of his proposal 'basically' are. 'We stand firmly behind it. '
Earlier he said that it is crucial to maintain the 27 unit. But the road to a common commitment is full of potholes. The interests between Member States are sometimes far apart. In its response to the official British suicide note Wednesday said caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte: 'It is the duty of the government to prioritize Dutch interests. '