Council (Art 50) authorises the start of Brexit talks and adopts negotiating directives

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Publication Date 22/05/2017
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The Council of the European Union [EU27 format] adopted on 22 May 2017 a decision authorising the opening of Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom and formally nominating the European Commission as EU negotiator. The Council also adopted a first set of negotiating directives setting out the EU position for the first phase of negotiations.

Both texts are based on a proposal put forward by the Commission on 3 May 2017 and follow up on the guidelines adopted the European Council summit on 29 April 2017. Their adoption allows for the start of negotiations with the UK following the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU (under article 50 of the Treaty of the EU). The European Commission had already indicated Michel Barnier as its lead negotiator.

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European Commission: DG Communication: SPEECH/17/1422, 22.05.17: Statement by Michel Barnier at the press conference following the General Affairs Council (Art. 50)
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Sputnik International, 23.05.17: EU Approves Directives in Brexit Negotiations

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