Friday 19 October 2018

EU Council meeting 17-18 October ~ (with updates)

The European Council met in Brussels on 17-18 October 2018.

The Mains Results of the meeting are set out HERE.  See the short video in which Donald Tusk (EU Council President) states that the Council would consider extending the transition period if the UK government thought that would be helpful.

The next Council meeting is scheduled for 13-14 December 2018 and will be held in Brussels.

Regarding Brexit, leaders declared their readiness to convene a European Council, if and when the Union negotiator reports that decisive progress has been made in the negotiations.  

Politico - EU Council

Update 21 October:

The Guardian - March in London for a "People's Vote" and Secretary of State for Exiting the EU argues that the EU should scrap the "backstop" if the transition period is extended beyond 31 December 2020 - BBC News 21 October but that, of course, leaves the possibility of a hard border across Ireland if an extended implementation period were to end without any further agreement in place

Update 22 October:

Prime Minister's statement in the House of Commons regarding the EU Council. 

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