The EU has outlined its strategy for Brexit negotiations, suggesting talks on a trade deal could begin once sufficient progress is made on a separation settlement with the UK.
The guidelines, issued by European Council President Donald Tusk, argued for a phased approach in talks.
The draft will be sent to the 27 member states for approval. They will set the tone for two years of negotiations.
It suggests starting with discussions on the separation arrangement. They could then move on to talks about a future trade relationship between the EU and the UK.