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The concerted response from Berlin, Paris and Brussels to British Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement last week of a March deadline to open divorce talks with the European Union made clear the bloc is not waiting idly for London to call. Statements from German, French and EU leaders show they have been working on maintaining a united front in anticipation of British attempts to play the other 27 members off against each other and have agreed some broad negotiating lines.Less audibly, cracks have appeared in the EU refusal to discuss options before May triggers a formal process that will launch Britain out the door in two years, with some diplomats suggesting such talks could mean a less radical split.The German chancellor, French president and heads of EU institutions in Brussels took a common line that May's demands to be free to bar EU immigrants and escape oversight by EU courts mean Britain cannot stay inside the EU single market.May hopes for "preparatory work" with her EU counterparts to smooth the launch of formal talks. British officials want "pre-negotiations" before she writes to trigger the two-year exit process under Article 50 of the EU treaty.
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