16 Jul 2018
BREXIT: GENERAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL (Article 50) 20 JulyBrussels Daily
The Commission’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, will inform the Council, meeting in an EU 27 format, about the Brexit talks with the UK.
The ministers will discuss the state of play of the negotiations, focusing on:
- completion of work on withdrawal issues
- issues related to the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland
- discussions on the framework for the future relationship with the UK
In particular, the Council will discuss the white paper that the UK government published on 12 July, setting out its position on the future EU-UK relationship. The EU27 position on this matter was established in the European Council (Art. 50) guidelines of 23 March 2018, and reconfirmed in the European Council (Art. 50) conclusions of 29 June 2018. Negotiations on the framework for the future relationship should lead to an overall understanding, which will be set out in a political declaration accompanying and referred to in the withdrawal agreement. The withdrawal agreement should be agreed well in time to be ratified before the withdrawal date of 29 March 2019.