On April 29, a Special European Council, meeting as 27 member states (as opposed to the full 28 member states, as would usually be present), adopted the Article 50 guidelines (Guidelines) to formally define the EU’s position in Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom. This follows the resolution of the European Parliament on key principles and conditions for the negotiations, adopted on April 5 (for further information, see the April 7 issue of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest).
The Guidelines are set out under six headings covering:
- core principles;
- a phased approach to the negotiations;
- agreement on arrangements for an orderly withdrawal;
- preliminary and preparatory discussions on a framework for the EU-UK future relationship;
- the principle of sincere cooperation; and
- the procedural arrangements for negotiations under Article 50.
On May 22, the EU General Affairs Council is expected to authorize the opening of the negotiations, nominate the European Commission as the EU negotiator and adopt negotiating directives.
The Guidelines are available here.