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EU's Tusk tells UK's May: Start Brexit talks soon

  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, left, welcomes President of the European Council Donald Tusk to 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. They met for a bilateral meeting to discuss Britain's Exit of the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, left, welcomes President of the European Council Donald Tusk to 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. They met for a bilateral meeting to discuss Britain's Exit of the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, left, welcomes President of the European Council, Donald Tusk to 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The two met for a bilateral meeting to discuss Britain's Exit of the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, left, welcomes President of the European Council, Donald Tusk to 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The two met for a bilateral meeting to discuss Britain's Exit of the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, right, talks with President of the European Council Donald Tusk at 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. They met for a bilateral meeting to discuss Brexit, amid increasing pressure over a lack of detail in the Government's stated strategy. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)

    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, right, talks with President of the European Council Donald Tusk at 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. They met for a bilateral meeting to discuss Brexit, amid increasing pressure over a lack of detail in the Government's stated strategy. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

European Union leader Donald Tusk is urging Britain to hurry up and get on with finalizing its divorce from the bloc.

Tusk, president of the EU's governing Council, is meeting Prime Minister Theresa May in London Thursday for talks about the fallout from Britain's June vote to leave the EU.

Ahead of the meeting, Tusk told May that "the ball is now in your court" to start negotiations. He said the process should begin "as soon as possible."

May has signaled that she is in no rush to trigger the formal two-year round of exit talks with the other 27 members of the EU.

She said Wednesday that her government would "think through the issues in a sober and considered way" and "will not take decisions until we are ready."