How to avert the looming Brexit crisis

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Series Details 14.11.17
Publication Date 14/11/2017
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As a follow on to the European Council held in Brussels on the 19 October 2017, the heads of state and government of the Member States of the European Union met in EU27 formation (EU Member States minus the United Kingdom) on the 20 October 2017. They adopted conclusions on the state of the Brexit negotiations.

To the disappointment of the United Kingdom government, the EU27 deemed that insufficient progress had been made on the EU's three priority aims (citizens’ rights, financial settlement and Northern Ireland) to allow for the second sequence of negotiations, including trade issues, to begin .

The issue was be examined again in December 2017 at the next European Council summit. However, internal preparatory discussions as to second sequence issues would begin between the EU27 and the EU Institutions.

On the 17 November 2017 European Council President Donald Tusk said, after a meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May 'In October, the EU27 started internal preparations on the second phase of negotiations, namely transition and the future relationship. And we will be ready to move-on to the second phase already in December. But in order to do that we need to see more progress from the UK side. While good progress on citizens' rights is being made, we need to see much more progress on Ireland and on a financial settlement'.In this Commentary feature the author suggested that the European Union must help United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May sugar-coat the very bitter pills the British were going to have to swallow as the Brexit negotiations reach a crunch stage.

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