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 EU countries – adopted 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 Task Force at the European Commission coordinates the work on all strategic, operational, legal and financial issues related to the negotiations.
Visits Cyprus: meets Nicos Anastasiades, President; Nikos Christodoulides, Minister of Foreign Affairs; meets the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign and European Affairs and its Chairman Giorgos Lillikas; visits the Customs at the Larnaca Airport
Meets Nadia Calviño, Spanish Minister of Economy and Enterprise
Visits Berlin: meets President of the Bundestag, Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble; Minister of the Economy, Peter Altmaier; members of the EU Affairs Committee and the Finance, Foreign Affairs and Economic Committees of the Bundestag; meets business stakeholders.
Visits Zagreb: meets Prime Minister Andrej Plenković; the European Affairs Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee and the Committee on the Economy of the Croatian Parliament; the Croatian Chamber of Economy; and does a Citizens' Dialogue together with Prime