Special European Council (Art. 50), 29/04/2017
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The special European Council (Article 50), in an EU 27 format, will adopt the guidelines for the Brexit negotiations. The guidelines will define the framework for negotiations and set out the overall EU positions and principles during negotiations. The draft guidelines proposed by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, were presented to the member states on 31 March.
On 29 March 2017 the UK formally notified to the European Council its intention to leave the EU.
"We regret that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, but we are ready for the process that we now will have to follow. (...) In these negotiations the Union will act as one and preserve its interests. Our first priority will be to minimise the uncertainty caused by the decision of the United Kingdom for our citizens, businesses and member states."Statement of the European Council, 29 March 2017