27 Apr 2017
RESULTS GENERAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL – 27 APRILBrussels Daily
Brexit: General Affairs Council – Main results
The Council, in an EU27 format, finalised preparations for the Special European Council (Art.50) of 29 April by discussing the draft guidelines for the Brexit negotiations. Once adopted by the European Council, these guidelines will define the framework for negotiations with the UK and set out the positions and principles that will guide the EU during the talks.
There was a clear consensus around the table on the main principles that should guide us in the talks with the UK. Unity is one of them. We agree it is in our own interest to negotiate as one for the best result for all: together we are stronger. We agree that we want the UK as a close partner, but in the context of a level-playing field and a balance between rights and obligations. And we agree that first things come first. So we need to start by preparing an orderly withdrawal and, as a matter of priority, guarantee the rights of citizens.
Louis Grech, Deputy Prime Minister of Malta and President of the Council