22/05/2017 Press release

The Council, meeting in an EU27 format, authorised the opening of Brexit negotiations with the UK and formally nominated the Commission as EU negotiator. It also adopted negotiating directives for the upcoming talks. 

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.