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EU council president Donald Tusk is in London today for talks with UK prime minister Theresa May as the bloc prepares to formulate its first official joint response to Britain’s notification of exit.

Mr Tusk will be meeting Ms May at Downing Street at 12.00 BST. He will “discuss the way ahead on Brexit”, according to a spokesman.

The visit comes a week after Mr Tusk circulated a tough draft response laying out the council’s guidelines for the two-year Brexit talks among the remaining member states.

The EU-27 will meet at the end of the month to go over the guidelines, which have sparked controversy as they hand Spain an effective veto over any trade deal applying to the UK’s overseas territory of Gibraltar.

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