European Union – General Affairs Council (Brussels, 29 January 2018)

Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, is taking part in the General Affairs Council (Article 50) in Brussels on January 29 involving the EU-27, which will be devoted to Brexit.

The ministers will adopt the negotiating directives relating to the transition period, in accordance with the guidelines adopted by the European Council on December 15. The latter authorize the EU negotiator to open discussions with London on the details of this period which will begin on March 29, 2019, at midnight, when the United Kingdom will leave the EU.

During this period, which will be precisely limited in time, the United Kingdom, which will have become a third state, must continue to enforce all current EU rules (the “acquis”), without however participating in its institutions.