The President of the European Council Donald Tusk speaks during a press conference on March 31, 2017 in St Julian’s Malta.
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The European Union Friday raised the possibility of starting general talks on Britain's future relationship with the bloc as early as the fall if decisive progress is made on key parts of the divorce proceedings – a move that grants some of the British prime minister's wishes.British Prime Minister Theresa May had been seeking parallel talks on the EU divorce and the future, but those apparently will not happen for the foreseeable future.Still, Tusk's timetable and the EU draft showed that the EU was willing to compromise.Some 3.3 million EU citizens now live in Britain and about 1 million Britons live in the rest of the EU.The EU draft says the future of Gibraltar will be set in talks between Britain and Spain.Tusk said the EU will not punish Britain in the negotiations, saying that Brexit itself is "punitive enough".
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