Leaked EU response to Britain's Article 50 letter reveals focus on divorce deal.
In the statement to be delivered by Donald Tusk after Article 50 is triggered, the EU will say it is 'ready' to walk away if trade talks break down
The EU will vow to act “as one” to minimise the damage caused by Brexit on the rest of the bloc, according to a leaked draft of the joint statement which will be issued in response to Britain triggering Article 50. According to a leaked version seen by the EURACTIV website, the European Council will emphasise the need to reach a comprehensive divorce deal before any discussions of future trade can begin. Mr Tusk will say the EU’s first priority is to “minimise the uncertainty caused by the decision of the United Kingdom for our citizens, businesses and member states”. “Therefore, we will start by focusing on all key arrangements for an orderly withdrawal,” the statement will say.