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."