European Union summit date on Brexit announced

Author

27 March, 2017

"When a country leaves the union, there is no punishment".

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator outlined EU priorities and conditions in a speech at the Committee of the Regions in the European Parliament on March 22.Michel Barnier said the EU was unwilling that talks should extend past the March 2019 deadline, and to meet that goal, the EU and the United Kingdom had to negotiate issues in the right order.Most important was clarifying the position of Britons in the EU and EU citizens living in the United Kingdom, he said."Guaranteeing their rights as European citizens, in the long term, will be our absolute priority from the very start of the negotiations".

Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, announced that he would call a summit on the last Saturday in April to allow the EU's 27 remaining members to agree on Brexit guidelines, a broad-brush outline of the political principles that will guide them through the next two years of negotiations.

"Our main priority for the negotiations must be to create as much certainty and clarity as possible for all citizens, companies and member states that will be negatively affected by Brexit, as well as our important partners and friends around the world like Japan", he said.

The EU's chief negotiator suggested that transitional arrangements may be needed if a final deal isn't reached within the two years set out by the Article 50 process.

The Prime Minister today said the letter triggering Britain's formal withdrawal from the bloc will be "one of the most important documents in our country's recent history".

Tusk has promised to send European Union diplomats the draft Brexit guidelines within 48 hours of receiving May's article 50 notice.

The EU's stance is likely to cause some friction with Number 10 and United Kingdom officials who have consistently argued against providing a detailed "running commentary" on the upcoming talks for fear of revealing Britain's negotiating hand.

Russian Opposition Figure Navalny Detained in Moscow Amid Unlicensed Protest
Despite the dramatic scenes in Moscow , state TV did not cover the protests, instead showing soap operas and nature films. Protesters then tried to prevent a police van from taking him away.

Is the new health-care law what anyone really wants?
It would offer significant tax relief to wealthier taxpayers, with corresponding refundable tax credits for lower income people. Bradley Byrne - is for the AHCA to go to a final House vote on Thursday. "And then we get on to tax reduction, which I like".

Tottenham Hotspur ignore Harry Kane absence, beat Southampton FC 2-1
They generally do such a good job of limiting their opponents that Forster isn't worked often - that may be for the best. But it had to be said that for all their latent menace they did not have a moment when they advertised the equaliser.

Executives from easyJet along with the British Airways owner IAG, Ryanair and the Tui Group met the EU's Brexit taskforce last week and were reminded that to continue to operate on routes across the continent they must have a significant base on European Union territory and that a majority of their capital shares must be EU-owned, which could lead to a significant loss of jobs in the UK.

Mr Tusk said his priority was making sure the "divorce" was the "least painful" for the EU.

Barnier has previously said he would like the Brexit negotiations to be done and dusted within 18 months.

"Our watchword will be citizens first", he said.

Directly addressing suggestions in the UK that no deal would be better than a bad deal, he issued a warning of the "serious consequences" for Britain leaving without agreement: "the reintroduction of binding customs controls, which will inevitably slow down trade and lead to queues of trucks at Dover; serious disruption to air traffic; an overnight suspension in the movement of nuclear materials to the UK", Barnier said.

Time will now be short for Britain to negotiate the terms of its departure and a future trade deal by the deadline of March 2019.

He said a transition agreement, that would regulate the period between the divorce and the new, full trade agreement, could be necessary, but such a transition period would have to be limited in time.


More news


  • Bravo Premieres New Series CYRUS VS. CYRUS: DESIGN AND CONQUER, 5/25

    Bravo Premieres New Series CYRUS VS. CYRUS: DESIGN AND CONQUER, 5/25

    Cyrus: Design and Conquer on Bravo where rooms that are in need of a makeover are overhauled by Tish and Brandi Cyrus. " If Miley was getting married, it would not be in that dress!" added Tish .
    Super Bowl legend Tom Brady's missing jersey found

    Super Bowl legend Tom Brady's missing jersey found

    In the crime world, this might be the equivalent of blowing a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl. According to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, it has been found in Mexico.

    Paris attack adds fuel to security talk

    Ordered to produce his identity papers, he pulled out his lead-shot pistol and fired at the officers, wounding one in the face. He continued to Orly, southeast of Paris , where he grabbed the assault rifle from a security officer on duty.
  • Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: Fans to say goodbye at public service

    If you had told me this story and I wasn't there, I would have a very hard time believing what I saw. A day later, her mother, Reynolds - who was 84-years-old - died following a "severe stroke'".
    Tulsa police release video of Madison Dickson confrontation

    Tulsa police release video of Madison Dickson confrontation

    The dash cam video then shows the police auto veer toward Dickson who appeared to be yelling before she's struck by the vehicle . Officer Kayla Johnson and Detective Ronnie Leatherman are the officers who fired their weapons at her.
    Microsoft Announces New Xbox Wireless Tech Series Controller

    Microsoft Announces New Xbox Wireless Tech Series Controller

    Instead it's another in a long line of options that allow gamers to choose how their Xbox One experience will play out. In addition to the new controller, a new Xbox One update will be coming out later this year.
  • United States  spy agencies monitored Trump communications: Nunes

    United States spy agencies monitored Trump communications: Nunes

    Manaford has come under scrutiny for work he's done for figures tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump's own communications were also intercepted and disseminated among USA intelligence agencies.
    European banks launder millions from Russian Federation

    European banks launder millions from Russian Federation

    Several UK banks have been accused of handling $740m in Russian money as part of a global money laundering scheme. Europe's biggest bank has allegedly processed more than $500 million in Russian "dirty money" over four years.

    Kim Jong-nam's identity confirmed with DNA: Malaysia

    Dr Ahmad Zahid also said that there were a total of 191 North Koreans here under the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) program. Airport surveillance footage shows them approaching the victim and apparently smearing his face with a piece of cloth.
  • 'Grand Theft Auto Online' (ALL) Expands Race Creator Tools

    'Grand Theft Auto Online' (ALL) Expands Race Creator Tools

    The main goal of the newest GTA 5 update is to bring to the spotlight the abilities of most vehicles in the game. According to Rockstar, there are a few more updates now in works that will add up more new vehicles to the game.

    TBI: No credible sightings of Elizabeth Thomas after 7 days

    Cummins is believed to be armed with two handguns and is driving a silver Nissan Rogue with the Tennessee license plate 976-ZPT. The family attorney says that the teacher is looking for a weakness in Elizabeth Thomas , something predators are known for.
    Greenback on the defensive, gold rises

    Greenback on the defensive, gold rises

    As I gain more confidence in the outlook I could support three total this year. The spectre of slower US rate hikes has been helping high-yielding currencies.