Juncker to visit May in London next week

New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (not pictured) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker hold a press conference after their meeting at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on Feb. 6, 2017

Juncker to visit May in London next week


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The president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker will meet with British prime minister Theresa May next week, as a Berlaymont spokesperson confirmed on Thursday.

Theresa May had proposed that Juncker would visit her in London next Wednesday, along with the EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

Juncker and May are expected to discuss “the process of the Article 50 negotiations,” the spokeswoman said. Therefore, the meeting will take place prior to the 29 April EU-27 Brexit Summit.

During the weekend after Juncker’s visit in London, the EU leaders are expected to adopt the draft negotiating guidelines that were presented last month in Malta by European Council president Donald Tusk.

Ode to transparency

Juncker’s Commission has vowed to keep the procedure “transparent” but does not confirm that the draft Recommendation on Brexit mandate will be published, following Tusk’s tactics.

“The Commission will publish all Commission documents within the context of EU law,” said European Commission chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas on Tuesday’s midday briefing, only to add that “the Commission has a longstanding commitment to transparency”.

The European Council seems to rather prefer leaking the document to the press than publishing the draft negotiating guidelines, as the document was “not meant to be public” according to what a senior EU Council official made clear back in March.

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