The Council, in an EU27 format, will prepare the special meeting of the European Council (Art. 50) which is to take place on Sunday 25 November 2018. EU27 leaders will meet to endorse the Brexit withdrawal agreement, if nothing extraordinary happens before then.
In preparation for the summit, ministers will exchange views on the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement as presented and published by the negotiators on 14 November 2018. This text has been agreed by both sides, the EU and the UK, at the level of the negotiators.
Ministers will also discuss the outline for a political declaration on future EU-UK relations that was presented by the negotiators on the same date. This outline should serve as a basis for the final text of the political declaration that will accompany and be referred to in the withdrawal agreement. The Commission intends to agree on a final draft of the declaration with the UK by Tuesday 20 November 2018. The EU27 member states will then have time to analyse the text ahead of the summit, where the leaders are expected to approve it.