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    EU27 set to approve Tusk’s tough draft Brexit guidelines

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    According to the Financial Times, EU member states are set to adopt a tough stance in looming Brexit talks with the UK. Donald Tusk, the European Council president, released guidelines confirming that Britain will have to accept the EU’s laws, court and budget fees if it seeks a gradual transition from the single market and senior diplomats have already said that the draft has secured broad support among the 27 remaining member states. Mr Tusk circulated the guidelines two days after Theresa May, the UK Prime Minister, invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty to set the Brexit process formally in motion. Mrs May insists that she will talk with all member states to forge a Brexit deal. Mr Tusk has called a special summit of the 27 remaining member states on April 29 to adopt the guidelines. After their talks on Tuesday, officials are scheduled to sign off on the draft at a pre-summit meeting on April 24. So far, the over-arching view is that the draft guidelines are balanced and well-structured without much need of tinkering.

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