23 Mar 2018
BREXIT: GUIDELINES ON THE FRAMEWORK FOR POST-BREXIT RELATIONS WITH THE UK ADOPTED – 23 MARCHBrexit, Brussels, Brussels Daily
The European Council (Art. 50) on 23 March 2018 adopted guidelines on the framework for post-Brexit relations with the UK.
The European Council, meeting in an EU27 format, adopted the guidelines on the framework for a future relationship with the UK after Brexit. The Commission’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, updated the EU27 heads of state or government on the state of play of the Brexit negotiations.
The EU wants to have the closest possible partnership with the UK, which would cover trade and economic cooperation, security and defence, among other areas. However, EU 27 leaders noted that UK’s current positions “limit the depth of such a future partnership”.
The guidelines will serve as a mandate for the EU negotiator to start discussing the framework for the future relationship, with the aim of reaching a common overall understanding with the UK. That understanding will be reflected in a political declaration accompanying the withdrawal agreement and referred to in it.
Read guidelines below: