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.
Visits Sofia: meets Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister; Lilyana Pavlova, Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU; attends the Parliament’s Committee on European Affairs and Oversight of European Funds
Gives speech at the Eurofi High Level Seminar, Sofia, Bulgaria
Visits Berlin: meets Bundestag Committee on European Affairs and the Committee on Economy and Energy; meets Olaf Scholz, Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister of Finance and Helge Braun, Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor
Visits the Hannover Messe 2018 and meets BDI External Trade Committee