Report: Brexit Negotiations Won’t Start Until The End Of May


European Council President Donald Tusk - Flickr/European People's Party

Substantial negotiations for Britain’s exit from the European Union won’t begin until May 22nd, according to Bloomberg.

European Council President, Donald Tusk, released the EU’s draft negotiation guideline on Friday, subject to agreement by the 27 member states at a summit on April 29. Ministers and civil servants in Whitehall expect substantial negotiations to begin after this point.

European Council President Donald Tusk – Flickr/European People’s Party

But a source with knowledge of the discussions, told Bloomberg that the guidelines will require further ratification on May 22, and that any talks held before that date would cover “format”, not substance.

The European General Affairs Council is a group of European affairs Ministers from the 27 member states, and is expected to provide more details on the Brexit negotiation guidelines.

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