>> Meeting for the first time since Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered the two year countdown to Brexit last month, the 27 EU leaders didn't waste much time in agreeing the terms for the UK's exit from the block. In fact, it only took them one minute to approve the eight pages of negotiating guidelines as they sat down to lunch.
The EU Council President says it'll be a tough process.>> We all want a close and strong future relationship with the UK. There's absolutely no question about this. But before discussing the future, we have to sort out our past. And who will handle it in genuine care, it was genuine care but firmly.
>> The guidelines will bind Michele Boyne, their chief negotiator, to seek a deal that secures the rights of three million EU experts living in Brittain. Ensure London pays tens of billions of Euros Brussels thinks it will be owed. And avoid destabilizing peace by creating a hard EU-UK border across Ireland.
Threatening the unity of the UK, leaders will also offer Irish Prime Minister Edna Kenny a pledge that if Northern Ireland, which voted against Brexit, ever unites with his country, it will automatically be in the EU. But EU leaders are well aware relations with the UK may start to fray once negotiations begin.
Some diplomats fear the tone of EU demands sound to aggressive and may create a popular backlash in Britain that might make it hard for May to strike a deal. They've also ruled out discussing the free trade deal May wants. Until they see progress on a green neck key with global terms.