Friday, 23 March 2018

EU adopts guidelines for negotiations on future relations with UK after Brexit

EU leaders have approved guidelines for the negotiation of future relations with the UK after Brexit.

The text on trade, security and other issues was adopted within minutes in Brussels, clearing the way for the next phase of Brexit talks to get under way.

The UK is due to leave in March 2019 and negotiators have said they want a deal in place by the end of the year.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she believed there was a new "spirit of co-operation and opportunity".

The formal adoption of the guidelines, although widely expected, is seen as another key step as the Brexit process gathers momentum.
The guidelines give chief negotiator Michel Barnier the mandate to talk directly to the UK about the future relationship with a view to reaching a broad political agreement by October to allow the EU and UK parliaments time to consider it.

BBC        News.


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