25 Sep 2017
RESULTS: GENERAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL (ARTICLE 50) – 25 SEPTEMBERBrexit, Brussels, Brussels Daily, IFA in Brussels, IFABrexit
Main Results General Affairs Council (Art. 50), 25/09/2017
The Council, in an EU 27 format, took stock of progress in the Brexit negotiations, with the fourth round of talks with the UK being launched the same day (see agenda here). The Commission’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier updated the Council on developments, and the EU27 ministers had an opportunity to exchange views on the ongoing talks.
“The mandate we adopted four months ago remains fully valid, and ministers have again shown their full support for the EU negotiator. The EU 27 remain united and we have a single channel of negotiations. Following Prime Minister May’s constructive speech we hope the round which starts today will be productive, since time is of the essence.”
Matti Maasikas, Deputy Minister for European Affairs of Estonia and chair of the Council meeting
Ministers also began preparations for the European Council (Article 50) of October 2017 by examining an annotated draft agenda for the summit.