Theresa May meeting Donald Tusk for Brexit start talks

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Prime Minister Theresa May has met European Council President Donald Tusk in Downing Street to discuss the start of Brexit negotiations.

Mrs May formally triggered two years of withdrawal talks when she invoked Article 50 last week.

Downing Street said the two leaders agreed that discussions so far had been “positive” in tone.

The prime minister “made clear” that, on Gibraltar, the UK would seek the “best possible deal” for the territory.

The spokesman added that she had said “there would be no negotiation on the sovereignty of Gibraltar without the consent of its people”.

Leaving the talks, Mr Tusk had simply said “no”, when asked a series of questions including whether Gibraltar had been discussed and what the tone of the talks had been. Asked if the talks had been successful he replied: “As always.”

Downing Street said they had also discussed the agenda for the next EU Council meeting as the UK remained a “full and engaged member” of the EU.

He added: “The PM reiterated the UK’s desire to ensure a deep and special partnership with the European Union following its exit and noted the constructive approach set out by the council in its draft guidelines published last week.”

Mr Tusk has warned the Brexit negotiations could become “confrontational” at times.

An EU source said Mr Tusk and Mrs May had a “good and friendly” meeting of about two hours and agreed to stay in regular contact throughout the Brexit process to seek to reduce any tensions that may arise.

Spain contests the UK’s claim to Gibraltar and draft EU Brexit negotiating guidelines have sparked a row over the British overseas territory.

The guidelines said: “After the United Kingdom leaves the Union, no agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom may apply to the territory of Gibraltar without the agreement between the Kingdom of Spain and the United Kingdom.”

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