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Brexit, European Council (Art.50), 23/03/2018.

Verantwortlicher Autor: Peter Schellinck Brussels, 01.04.2018, 12:34 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Peter Schellinck Bericht 4960x gelesen

Brussels [ENA] 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. EU leaders are ready to negotiate an ambitious free trade agreement with the UK. On 29 March 2017 the UK formally notified to the EU.

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.

The European Council (Art. 50) on 23 March 2018 adopted guidelines on the framework for post-Brexit relations with the UK. The European Council, with the support of the Council, will continue to follow the negotiations closely, in all their aspects, and will return in particular to the remaining withdrawal issues and to the framework for the future relationship at its June meeting. In the meantime, the European Council calls upon the Commission, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Member States to continue the work on preparedness at all levels for the consequences of the UK withdrawal, taking into account all possible outcomes.

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