The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union is likely to be one of the key topics at an EU-wide summit on Tuesday, where ministers and the European Commission will work on a detailed proposal on how to secure a smooth transition for Britain and a more stable European economy.
The prime minister has already said she wants a deal on the issue, but the EU is still expected to push back on this, warning that Britain could still leave if the country is unable to reach a deal by March 2019.
The European Commission is also expected to make a request for British support for Brexit talks.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has been pressing for a transition period to give Britain time to prepare for a future in the EU.
The UK is expected to have a vote on whether to leave in the coming weeks.
It is understood that some EU leaders will be looking for a way to get the UK to come to the table, but there is also speculation that the UK will not agree to a transition agreement without some conditions.
On Monday, EU diplomats said the European Parliament will debate the British proposal on Tuesday and will decide whether to accept it.
EU diplomats also confirmed the meeting was not planned on the basis of Brexit negotiations being completed and the UK leaving the bloc, but on the assumption that Britain was prepared to negotiate a transition deal.
Britain’s government has said that a transition will be needed to avoid the risks of Brexit and the uncertainty that comes with a vote to leave the bloc.
EU diplomats said they expect a strong British response to the proposal, with some suggesting the country might seek to make changes to its withdrawal terms.