Brexit: The EU's Negotiating Directives

May 05, 2017

The European Commission has published draft objectives for the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, focused on citizens' rights, the financial settlement and a continuing role for the European Court of Justice (ECJ). This sets the stage for a challenging opening to the exit negotiations, which will begin as soon as the UK is ready after the General Election on 8 June.

As the Commission's lead negotiator Michel Barnier put it, “the clock is ticking”. Businesses should use the time before the negotiations start to define their priorities, communicate these to decision-makers and plan ahead for the main potential outcomes.

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