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Under the chairmanship of Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva, the EU 27 ministers today had a discussion on the latest developments in the Brexit negotiations. The General Affairs Council in an Article 50 format also reviewed the draft guidelines on the framework for a future relationship with the UK.
The meeting started with a briefing by the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, on the latest developments in the Brexit negotiations. The chief negotiator presented to the ministers an agreement reached by negotiators on parts of the legal text of the Withdrawal Agreement covering citizens' rights, the financial settlement, a number of other withdrawal issues and transition.
Commenting on the outcome of the discussions in the first part of the meeting, Ms Zaharieva said:
“I believe we are all encouraged by the latest progress in the Brexit negotiations. We are going in the right direction. But nothing is agreed until everything's agreed. There is still a lot of work ahead. We urgently need to advance on all remaining issues, including on governance and Ireland”.
The EU27 ministers also discussed the draft guidelines on a future relationship with the UK. They reviewed the text before submitting it to the meeting of the European Council in an Article 50 format on 23 March 2018.
More information about the outcome of the meeting is available here.
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