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Belgium: Breaking up is hard, building a new relationship harder - Tusk on Brexit03:26

Belgium: Breaking up is hard, building a new relationship harder - Tusk on Brexit

Belgium, Brussels
December 8, 2017 at 09:04 GMT -00:00 · Published

President of the European Council Donald Tusk said he was "satisfied" with Friday's Brexit deal but cautioned that "the most difficult challenge is still ahead." He made the comments from Brussels in the wake of the agreement announced earlier in the day by British Prime Minister Theresa May and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

"We all know that breaking up is hard. But breaking up and building a new relation is much harder," Tusk stated.

He proposed that during its transition period, the UK "will respect the whole of EU law, including new law, it will respect budgetary commitments, it will respect judicial oversight, and of course, all the related obligations."

"I will ask the EU leaders to mandate our negotiator to start these talks immediately," underlined Tusk. He pointed out that the EU was ready "to start preparing a close EU-UK partnership in trade, but also in the fight against terrorism and international crime as well as security, defence and foreign policy."

"Now, to negotiate a transition arrangement and the framework for our future relationship, we have de facto less than a year," concluded Tusk.

Belgium: Breaking up is hard, building a new relationship harder - Tusk on Brexit03:26
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President of the European Council Donald Tusk said he was "satisfied" with Friday's Brexit deal but cautioned that "the most difficult challenge is still ahead." He made the comments from Brussels in the wake of the agreement announced earlier in the day by British Prime Minister Theresa May and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

"We all know that breaking up is hard. But breaking up and building a new relation is much harder," Tusk stated.

He proposed that during its transition period, the UK "will respect the whole of EU law, including new law, it will respect budgetary commitments, it will respect judicial oversight, and of course, all the related obligations."

"I will ask the EU leaders to mandate our negotiator to start these talks immediately," underlined Tusk. He pointed out that the EU was ready "to start preparing a close EU-UK partnership in trade, but also in the fight against terrorism and international crime as well as security, defence and foreign policy."

"Now, to negotiate a transition arrangement and the framework for our future relationship, we have de facto less than a year," concluded Tusk.

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