Brexit Negotiations Begin

Almost a year to the date of the referendum on continued membership of the European Union, talks have finally started. The two sides have until 29 March 2019 to reach an agreement unless the period is extended.

A brief reminder of the timetable so far:

  • Electors in the UK voted in a referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016 to decide whether the UK should remain as members of the European Union.
  • On the 29 March 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk to notify him of the UK’s intention to leave the EU in accordance with Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union
  • A provision of Article 50 specifies that the EU “shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with the leaving State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union”. These negotiations began on 19 June 2017

The Agenda for the initial meeting is as follows (times are in CET)

As mentioned in an earlier post, documents published as part of the European Commission’s approach to transparency on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom are available at

There are a number of documents available including:

Position paper transmitted to the UK: essential principles on the financial settlement

Position paper transmitted to the UK: essential principles on citizens’ rights