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General Affairs Council (Art. 50), 14/05/2018

The Council, in EU27 format, was briefed by the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier about the ongoing Brexit negotiations. Ministers discussed the state of play in the talks with the UK, in relation to both the completion of the work on withdrawal issues to finalise the draft withdrawal agreement, and to the discussions on the framework of the future EU-UK relations, the outcome of which will be reflected in a political declaration.

October is only five months away and some key issues still need to be settled. We urgently need to progress on Ireland, on governance and on all other remaining withdrawal issues. We also need to provide a framework for the future relationship. Our citizens and our businesses, on both sides of the Channel, need reassurance that there will be an orderly Brexit. They also need clarity about the future relationship.

Ekaterina Zaharieva, Bulgarian deputy prime minister

The Council also began preparations for the next meeting of the European Council (Article 50) to take place in June 2018 by looking at the annotated draft agenda for the summit.

The background briefing for the meeting, which discusses these issues in detail is available at