The Long Goodbye: EU Takes its Initial Step Under Article 50

Today the European Council, comprising the heads of state of the remaining 27 European Union Member States (the “EU27”), made their first move in what will undoubtedly be the long and complex process of disentangling the UK from its 44 year relationship with the EU. The long-anticipated and much discussed “Dear John” letter from the desk of Theresa May was hand-delivered by Sir Tim Barrow, the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU, to President of the European Council Donald Tusk on 29 March, thereby firing the official starting gun on the negotiation process that will determine the terms on which the UK will withdraw from the EU.

Now the draft guidelines for Brexit negotiations for the EU27 have been delivered by Donald Tusk to the European Council, who will meet at the end of April to formally discuss this negotiation strategy for the first time.

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