Waiting for Theresa, EU Closes Ranks, Draws Battle Plans

(Reuters) – Senior officials from Britain’s EU partners gather next week to coordinate plans for looming Brexit negotiations with Prime Minister Theresa May – but they can do little in detail until London works out what it wants.

Michel Barnier, the French former minister who will lead the negotiations for the European Commission, will host Tuesday’s follow up on meetings in Brussels last week with the 27 other member states which several officials and diplomats involved said have revealed a striking degree of unity.

The main aim has been to clarify the kind of structures the EU will need for negotiating once May delivers a letter — she says by late March — to trigger withdrawal under Article 50 of the EU treaty.

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