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29 Mar 2017

Brexit negotiations due to start after UK notification of intention to leave the EU

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has sent a letter to the European Council today notifying the Council of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. This notification follows the UK referendum of 23 June 2016 and starts the withdrawal process under Article 50 of the Treaty.

The European Council has confirmed receipt of the letter and has expressed its regret that the UK will leave the EU. The first step at EU level will now be the adoption of guidelines for the negotiations by the European Council. These guidelines will set out the overall positions and principles in light of which the Union, represented by the European Commission (EC), will negotiate with the UK. The European Council will meet (without the UK) on 29 April 2017 to adopt these guidelines.

What impact the outcome of the negotiations will have with regard to UK participation in EU research programmes, as in other policy areas, remains open at present.

For more information:

Statement by the European Council on the UK notification

EC Factsheet: Article 50 Q&A



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