European Council, 19-20 October 2017

A European Council Summit was held on 19-20 October 2017. A number of topics were discussed and, as expected, there was an agreement by the EU27 that talks on Brexit could NOT proceed to discuss a future trading relationship between the UK and the EU.

The EU27 called for more progress regarding citizens’ rights, the Irish border, and financial obligations before starting their second phase of the Brexit talks, however, they also agreed to start discussions, amongst themselves, in preparation for the next phase of negotiations.

The following related document was published

European Council (Art. 50) conclusions, 20/10/2017 (pdf)

On Brexit, Donald Tusk said in a press statement:

The negotiations go on, and we will continue to approach them positively and constructively. And as we are all working actively on a deal, I hope we will be able to move to the second phase of our talks in December

Discussion were also held on matters regarding migration, digital Europe, defence, and external relations, and a number of conclusions were adopted.

Full details are available at

European Council Meeting, 19-20/10/2017

and the conclusions are available in a document at

European Council meeting (19 October 2017) – Conclusions (pdf)

The statement isseued by Donald Tusk is available at