On 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom notified the European Council of its intention to leave the European Union, in accordance with Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. On 29 April 2017, the European Council – made up of the heads of state or government of the 28 EU countries – adopted a set of political guidelines, which define the framework for the negotiations and set out the EU's overall positions and principles.
The EU is represented by Michel Barnier, as Chief Negotiator for the 27 EU countries. His taskforce at the European Commission coordinates the work on all strategic, operational, legal and financial issues related to the negotiations.
Delivers a keynote speech at the FIDE Congress (International Federation of European Law), Estoril, Portugal
Visits Portugal: meets Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President; António Costa, Prime Minister; Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Foreign Affairs; meets social partners and participates in a Citizens' Dialogue, together with Minister Santos Silva
Visits Portugal: addresses the European Affairs Committee of the Portuguese Parliament
Gives a speech at a high-level panel discussion on ‘The future of EU foreign, security and defence policy post Brexit’ with HRVP Federica Mogherini, organised by the EU Institute for Security Studies, Brussels