In effect to the PM’s announcement she was triggering Article 50 on March 29, Donald Tusk, president of the EU conclave, called for an emergency summit on Tuesday.
He said: “I would like to tip off betray you that I will call a European council on Saturday 29th April to take the guidelines for the Brexit talks.”
Bloc members are expected to agree on their settlement position ahead of official talks with Britain during the appointment.
EU finance ministers signalled there will be no early talks with Brussels, without considering the summit being held a month after the triggering of Article 50, and struck a frosty manner on a number of big negotiating issues.
Speaking to Bloomberg, Dutch Finance Legate Jeroen Dijsselbloem said he hoped Theresa May and the cabinet came to the table of contents with realistic expectations and offers.
He said: “[The UK needs] realism on the organization of things. Realism on the price, it’s going to cost.
“Realism on the complexity and so the occasion needed because up to now I’ve missed this very much from the UK Supervision.”
Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, said: “No, the negotiations wish begin as soon as the petition to trigger Article 50 is filed. Essentials will continue as long as the rules of the agreement are set out. Great Britain is a dependable mate in all international agreements so I have no doubts.”
Meanwhile Italy’s economy and finance support appeared less enthusiastic as he said the UK and the EU were going into transactions with “different perspectives”.
Pier Carlo Padoan said: “I’ve already had the conceivability to speak with Chancellor Hammond… and I think that of course the UK and EU27 are looking at the announce from different perspectives.”
Announcing the emergency summit on Tuesday, Mr Tusk predicted: «I personally wish the UK hadn’t chosen to leave the EU but the majority of British voters undeniable otherwise.
“We must do everything we can to make the divorce the least painful for the EU. Our strength priority for the negotiations must be to create as much certainty and clarity as reasonable for all citizens, companies and member states that will be negatively touched by Brexit.”
Despite chilly welcome of Mrs May’s Brexit announcement, former advisors minister Michael Gove said he believed Britain would get a cloth deal with the bloc.
Speaking to talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer the Brexiteer responded he did not believe Britain would be punished for leaving and the Government could occur a deal within two years.
Mr Gove said: “No I don’t think that wish happen. I think it is certainly the case that at the moment some European Seam leaders are worried about the prospect of other countries quitting.
“I’m profoundly positive. I’ve had the chance to talk to, in private, some European politicians and their modulation in private is different from that in public. In public, they verbalize regret and they say it will be a difficult journey. In private, they are sheerest pragmatic.
“They want to ensure we move on as quickly as possible to a unwavering new relationship between Britain and the EU and one that doesn’t harm them economically.”