29/04/2017 Meeting

On 29 April, 27 EU leaders meet to agree guidelines for the Brexit talks ahead. This will define the framework for negotiations and set out the overall EU positions and principles during negotiations. The summit comes one month after the UK officially notified the EU of its intention to leave.

© E. Sansar/Anadolu Agency 04-05/04/2017 Meeting
©O. Haj Kadour/AFP 06/04/2017 Press release

The European Council consists of the heads of state or government of the EU's member states, together with its President and the European Commission President. It defines the EU's general political direction and priorities.

The Council of the EU represents the member states' governments. Informally also known as the EU Council, it is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies.