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British PM Set To Trigger UK’s Exit From EU On March 29
Tusk’s spokesman, Preben Aamann, told CNN that the EU will require between four to six weeks to consult with the other 27 member states and hammer out an initial negotiating position.
The announcement comes a day after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that other member states will “realize it’s not worth leaving” the EU after they see the deal the UK gets.
The trigger day, which is next Wednesday, will come as the EU celebrates its 60th anniversary next week.
The loss of Britain to the bloc has created speculation that other states might decide to follow suit, something Juncker strongly disagreed with in an interview published on Sunday.
“They will all see from the UK’s example that leaving the EU is a bad idea,” Juncker told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.
“On the contrary, the remaining member states will fall in love with each other again and renew their vows with the European Union.”
European leaders have stepped up their rhetoric over the past week as the start of negotiations draws nearer.
Last week, Tusk said the EU would not be “intimidated” by threats from Britain that it would prefer to walk away from Brexit talks if it did not get its way.
And Juncker reiterated that view, insisting Britain would have to get used to be on the outside, looking in.
“Half memberships and cherry-picking aren’t possible,” Juncker told the German newspaper.
“In Europe you eat what’s on the table or you don’t sit at the table.”
May has already been fiercely criticized by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has demanded a second referendum on Scottish independence.
Sturgeon has made plain her view that Britain is heading for a “bad deal” on Brexit and wants Scotland to have a vote on independence before the terms of the deal are signed.
She has accused May of failing to engage with her call for Scotland to remain in the European single market after Brexit, and that Scotland risks being taken out of the EU against its will.
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