Tusk announces Brussels’ next steps ahead of Nov 25 Brexit summit

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Michel Barnier, the European Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom Exiting the European Union, presents a draft Brexit withdrawal agreement to European Union Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, November 15, 2018.

Tusk announces Brussels’ next steps ahead of Nov 25 Brexit summit


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European Council President Donald Tusk confirmed that the bloc would hold a special summit to seal the hard-fought Brexit agreement with the United Kingdom at a special summit on November 25.

“For my side on the next days we will work and this work will be intense,” said Barnier, commenting on the Brexit negotiation team’s work until the agreement is adopted by both the Member States at the Council and the European Parliament.

The EU made public its plan to put the finishing touches on the draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration saving the date for an EU-27 European Council to officially give the green light to the text agreed.

“If nothing extraordinary happens, we will hold a European Council meeting in order to finalise and formalise the Brexit agreement. It will take place on Sunday the 25th of November at 9:30 am,” said Tusk.

Detailed timeline by Tusk

Tusk said he took good not of the UK prime minister Theresa May’s assessment on Wednesday evening. “I don’t share May’s Brexit enthusiasm as such”, said Tusk. “Since the very beginning, we have had no doubt that Brexit is a lose-lose situation and that our negotiations are only about damage control,” he added, giving credit to the European Commission’s negotiating team, saving particular praise for deputy chief negotiator Sabine Weyand and Stéphanie Riso, Barnier’s principal adviser.

“The agreement is now being analysed by all of the Member States. By the end of this week, the EU27 ambassadors will meet in order to share their assessment of the agreement. I hope that there will not be too many comments,” said Tusk, adding, “The Commission intends to agree on the declaration about the future with the UK by Tuesday. Over the following 48 hours, the Member States will have time to evaluate it, which means that the EU-27’s sherpas should conclude the work on Thursday.”

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