|Author (Corporate)||European Council|
The special European Council, in an EU 27 format, met in Brussels on the 29 April 2017 and adopted the guidelines for the Brexit negotiations for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, following the triggering of the Article 50 process by the United Kingdom on the 29 March 2017.
The guidelines will define the framework for negotiations and set out the overall EU positions and principles during the talks. The European Council will update the guidelines in the course of the negotiations as necessary.
The three key priorities would be:
+ guarantee EU and UK citizens' rights
The guidelines made clear that the nature of the future relationship between the EU and the UK could only be discussed after these issues had been satisfactorily negotiated.
The EU's main negotiator would be Michel Barnier. Following on from the guidelines adopted on the 29 April 2017, the European Commission would propose the negotiating mandate for Mr Barnier on the 3 May 2017.
The Council of the European Union would adopt these on the 22 May 2017. Formal negotiation would provisionally start after the UK General Election on the 8 June 2017.
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council said 'I want to underline the outstanding unity of all the 27 leaders on the guidelines for our negotiations with the UK. (…) We now have unanimous support from all the 27 member states and the EU institutions, giving us a strong political mandate for these negotiations'.
Donald Tusk presented to Members of the European Parliament in plenary session oin the 17 May 2017 the Guidelines for Brexit negotiations agreed by the Member States at the summit on 29 April 2017. He welcomed the alignment with the ‘red lines’ set by the European Parliament.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Europe, United Kingdom|