Special European Council (Art.50), 13 December 2019
EU27 leaders discussed Brexit and preparations for the negotiations on future EU-UK relations after the withdrawal. They called for a timely ratification and effective implementation of the withdrawal agreement.
They also reconfirmed their aim of establishing as close as possible a future relationship with the UK.
The European Council invited the Commission to submit to the Council a draft comprehensive mandate for a future relationship with the UK immediately after its departure. EU leaders also invited the General Affairs Council to adopt swiftly the relevant decisions and negotiating mandate.
EU27 leaders welcomed the Commission’s decision to reappoint Michel Barnier. The negotiations on the future relationship will continue to take place in a coherent manner and in unity and transparency with all member states. They will be run in coordination and permanent dialogue with the Council and its preparatory bodies.
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