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The European Council May 2016 to June 2018

Striving for unity: The European Council, May 2016 to June 2018, report by President Donald Tusk. This report details the work of the European Council, where the leaders of the European Union meet, from May 2016 to June 2018.

Striving for unity: The European Council, May 2016 to June 2018, report by President Donald Tusk

The report shows how the Union’s political unity was maintained and strengthened in the face of multiple threats and challenges: unprecedented migratory pressures, shifts in geopolitics, a sustained terror threat, an uncertain economic outlook and the decision by British voters to leave.

From 2016 to the present, Europe’s leaders have remained united on the fundamental issues, from the withdrawal negotiations with the United Kingdom to standing together against external threats, whether it is Russia’s continued aggression in Ukraine or fundamental challenges to the global trading system.

Due to a strong belief in the Union as the framework for member states’ common future, Europe remains a positive point of reference for the world, from championing the Paris Agreement to combat climate change to promoting the rules-based international order with free and fair trade at its centre.

Internally, the EU needs to invest more in the protection of our people against security threats, illegal migration and uncontrolled globalisation. Tough negotiations continue to limit the damage to citizens, businesses and member states arising from the UK’s departure on 29 March 2019.

And there is still much to do to strengthen economic and monetary union, advance co-operation on defence issues and develop a sensible, crisis-resilient migration policy.

EuropeanCouncilMay16toJune18 (pdf)

EU Council meeting 28-29 June – Theresa May

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Theresa May delivered the following statement in Parliament on 02 July 2018 about the EU Council meeting:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-commons-statement-on-june-european-council-2-july-2018

With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a Statement on last week’s European Council. The focus of this Council was on migration – and there were also important conclusions on security and defence. The UK made a substantive contribution to both. And our continued co-operation after we have left the EU will be in everyone’s interests, helping to ensure the long-term prosperity and security of the whole continent.

EU Council Meeting 28-29 June 2018 (Brexit)

An EU Council meeting was held on 28-29 June 2018 which focused on migration. Leaders also discussed security and defence, as well as economic and financial affairs.

As regards Brexit, the European Council (Art. 50), in an EU 27 format, reviewed the state of play of Brexit negotiations and adopted conclusions on progress made.

  • The European Council welcomed the further progress made on parts of the legal text of the Withdrawal Agreement. However leaders highlighted that important aspects still need to be agreed.
  • EU27 leaders expressed their concern that no substantial progress had yet been achieved on agreeing a backstop solution for Ireland/Northern Ireland. They stressed the need for intensified efforts so that the Withdrawal Agreement, including its provisions on transition, can be concluded as soon as possible in order to come into effect on the date of withdrawal. Negotiations can only progress as long as all commitments undertaken so far are respected in full.
  • The European Council (Art. 50) stressed that work had to be accelerated with a view to preparing a political declaration on the framework for the future relationship. This requires further clarity as well as realistic and workable proposals from the UK as regards its position on the future relationship.
  • Finally, the European Council renewed its call upon member states, EU institutions and all stakeholders to step up their work on preparedness at all levels and for all outcomes.
  • EU Preparations for Brexit

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    The EU has a new section on their website containing information about what happens in various areas of EU law and policy resulting from Brexit and defines the reduction in co-operation between EU member States and the UK.

    https://ec.europa.eu/info/brexit/brexit-preparedness_en

    The information is provided to prepare citizens and stakeholders for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU without a formal ratified agreement and sets out the consequences in a range of policy areas.

    Topics covered include:

    • Preparedness Notices

      Notices from European Commission departments on how Brexit would change law and policy in their areas of work.

    • Legislative Initiatives

      Proposed legislative measures to ensure the the future EU27 framework is operational after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom.

    • Other Activities

      Additional administrative and technical work to prepare for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom.

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