22 May 2017
GENERAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL (ARTICLE 50) 22 MAYBrussels Daily
General Affairs Council (Art. 50)
The Council, meeting in an EU27 format, will adopt:
- a decision authorising the opening of Brexit negotiations with the UK and nominating the Commission as the EU negotiator
- negotiating directives for the Brexit negotiations
Both texts will be based on a recommendation presented by the Commission on 3 May 2017 and will build on the guidelines adopted by the European Council (Art.50) on 29 April 2017. Their adoption will allow the beginning of negotiations with the UK following the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU (under Article 50 of the Treaty of the EU).
- Recommendation for a Council decision authorising the Commission to open negotiations with the UK
- European Council (Art. 50) guidelines for Brexit negotiations, 29/04/2017
The set of negotiating directives to be adopted by ministers on 22 May 2017 is intended for the first phase of the negotiations. These directives are therefore expected to prioritise some matters which at this stage have been identified as necessary for an orderly withdrawal of the UK. They will cover among others:
- citizens’ rights
- the financial settlement
- the situation of Ireland
The negotiating directives may be amended and supplemented as necessary during the negotiations, in particular to reflect the European Council guidelines as they evolve.
Finally, the Council will adopt a decision to establish an ad hoc working party that will assist the Council and Coreper in all matters relating to the UK’s withdrawal from the Union.