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European Union president Donald Tusk on Friday revealed his plans for Brexit talks, rejecting British Prime Minister Theresa May's demands for talks on the divorce and a future relationship to start in parallel.

Earlier this week, Theresa May's Article 50 notification letter was handed to Tusk in Brussels, setting a two-year clock on Brexit talks with the European Union in motion.

May, who officially triggered two years of Brexit negotiations Wednesday, has repeatedly said she wants to guarantee the rights of some 3 million European Union citizens resident in Britain, but that it's contingent on a reciprocal promise by the EU's 27 other governments for more than 1 million Britons resident in their countries.

"Starting parallel talks on all issues at the same time as suggested by some in the United Kingdom will not happen", Tusk said.

Tusk said he would meet with British PM Theresa May in London before an April 29 summit in Brussels.

It comes after German Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to allow the two agreements being bashed out at the same time.

Earlier, Brexit Secretary David Davis told Sky News the Prime Minister was not using security as "a bargaining chip".

Speaking in Malta, Tusk said Britain must honour all its financial liabilities that come with European Union membership before finalising its Brexit divorce.

May's notice of the UK's intention to leave the bloc under Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty was hand-delivered to Tusk in Brussels by Tim Barrow, Britain's permanent representative to the EU.

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The draft says the EU's overall objective is "to preserve its interests, those of its member states, its citizens and its businesses".

EU Council President Donald Tusk circulated the guidelines to 27 European governments on Friday.

The European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt told Sky News the warning amounted to a "threat" and was unacceptable.

But he hinted that trade talks might begin before the deal was concluded if Mrs May was deemed to be co-operating.

But the draft negotiating guidelines released Friday set out a "phased approach" to the talks from the EU27.

'It would be to the detriment of us all if unnecessary barriers to trade were erected, ' she said. "You start at five o'clock in the morning, up to 10 hours every day, six days a week", said Szomoru, who came to Britain 10 years ago and started out picking strawberries before being promoted to her current job.

May's invocation of Article 50 of the EU's key treaty sets the clock ticking on two years of negotiations until the United Kingdom becomes the first full member to leave the union.

"Only once we have achieved sufficient progress on the withdrawal can we discuss the framework for our future relationship".

We will survive - the message from the EU's most powerful political family in the wake of Britain's formal decision to quit the bloc.