Brexit – Draft Withdrawal Agreement – Barnier press conference due at 12.00


We have reached a crucial stage in the negotiations between the European Union and UK. Today the EU’s chief negotiator. Michel Barnier will hold a press conference setting out the EU’s  draft Withdrawal Agreement. A live stream will be available on the Commissions website;

Tomorrow the documents will be available HERE.

The Withdrawal Bill will translate the political pledges made by both sides during phase 1 of the negotiations into the legal language found in an EU treaty and will become the document that sets out the legal agreement for UK’s departure from the EU.

The BBC’s website explains a little more how this works:

“It has been prepared by the European Commission’s Task Force 50, led by chief negotiator Michel Barnier. The 27 remaining EU countries have the right to make changes but Mr Barnier has been working within a framework set by them so it should reflect what they want. Commission officials say they just wanted to get a move on and get some text on the table.”

This is an important stage in the pathway to Brexit. The European Parliament produced a diagram that gives an overview of the process.

Brexit Process





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