Jean-Claude Juncker used a speech in the European parliament to appeal for May's "wishes", sketched out in her Mansion House speech on 2 March, to be turned into an achievable blueprint and reiterated that the EU will stand by its "backstop" plan to keep Northern Ireland under EU law to avoid a hard border with the Irish Republic.
Mr Tusk said the lack of a solid outline of the future EU-UK relationship, incorporating the Irish Border, was hampering progress thus far.
Britain would be free to impose some new sanctions, for example denying entry to Russian individuals, but would be very limited in its ability to, say, bar more Russian imports as European Union trade policy is centralised in Brussels and will remain so, probably, for a couple years after Brexit in March 2019.
The 28 European Union member states been united on sanctions on Moscow since Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 but six-monthly rollovers, which require unanimity, have been subject to grumbling from some countries seeking warmer relations with Russian Federation.
"A van driver travelling south for work could soon face a call from Dublin costing the same as one from Dubai - around 30 times the cost before roaming charges were abolished".
Jyrki Katainen also gives us the European Commission's take on other pressing issues, including moves to dump non-reusable plastics from our daily lives and clean up our oceans; and the latest steps towards merging at least some aspects of defence and the military in Europe.
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Lieberman vowed on Tuesday that his Yisrael Beitenu party would "vote as one against the bill" as it stands now. The political crisis comes as Netanyahu is battling a series of corruption allegations.
That comment elicited repeated shouts of "It's a British issue sir", from UKIP member David Coburn.
"The UK is choosing to leave the union, the single market and the customs union, we have noted that".
He said: "There was this Mansion House speech by Mrs May, but it was mainly repeating the red lines that we know already".
The European Parliament is expected to approve a resolution on Wednesday calling for no reduction in "social and democratic rights" in NI after Brexit.
The British Bankers Association has also said that losing these rights and access to the European Union markets would be "disruptive, costly and time-consuming".
But it insists on a "binding interpretation role" for the European Court of Justice (CJEU) and rejects United Kingdom efforts to "cherry-pick" single market access for particular sectors, such as the financial services industry.
He said: 'Mrs May, we did not vote for a transition period, we voted to leave this organisation, we voted to leave the customs union, we voted to leave the single market.