A worker leans through flags to direct people as EU leaders arrive at the Council of the European Union ahead of an EU Council meeting on April 29, 2017 in Brussels

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The leaders of the 27 remaining European Union international locations gathered in Brussels

European Union leaders have unanimously agreed the negotiating tips for Brexit talks with UK.

European Council President Donald Tusk, chairing the talks in Brussels, tweeted that the “agency and truthful political mandate” for the talks was prepared.

The 27 leaders took much less 15 minutes to approve the draft guidelines for the negotiations, which had been issued on 31 March by Mr Tusk.

Talks with the UK will start after the overall election on eight June.

In a letter to the leaders of the EU-27 forward of the summit, Mr Tusk wrote that progress on “folks, cash and Eire” should come earlier than negotiations on the EU’s future relationship with the UK.

As she arrived in Brussels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated that solely as soon as substantial progress had been made on the separation talks with the UK, may negotiations flip to the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

The separation talks will search to agree the rights of EU residents dwelling within the UK, in addition to Britons dwelling within the EU, plus a settlement for the UK’s monetary obligations as an EU member state. A deal should even be agreed to keep away from a tough border between the Republic of Eire and Northern Eire, Mr Tusk wrote.

French President Francois Hollande stated there would inevitably be “a value and a price for the UK – it is the selection that was made”.

“We should not be punitive, however on the similar time it is clear that Europe is aware of the right way to defend its pursuits, and that Britain the UK can have a much less good place tomorrow outdoors the EU than at the moment within the EU.”


  • 29 April – EU leaders (excluding the UK) meet in Brussels to undertake Brexit negotiating tips
  • 7 Might – French voters resolve between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen as their subsequent president
  • eight June – UK parliamentary election – Brexit talks to begin quickly after the vote
  • 24 September – German parliamentary election, with Mrs Merkel searching for a fourth time period
  • 29 March 2019 – Deadline for ending talks on UK exit phrases (any extension requires settlement of all member states)
  • Might or June 2019 – European Parliament election (with out UK)
  • Ratification – Any Brexit deal requires ratification by all EU’s nationwide parliaments and European Parliament

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