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European Commission – BREXIT Position Papers

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On 29 May 2017 the European Commission (the “Commission”) published the first of the Brexit negotiation papers in the form of position papers. The two position papers that were transmitted to the 27 Member States of the European Union (the “European Union”) were those relating to essential principals on: (i) citizen’s rights; and (ii) the financial settlement.  On 19 June, Michel Barnier, the Commission’s chief negotiator, made a speech confirming that the first negotiation session had begun.  He stated that he had met with David Davis, the UK chief negotiator, and agreed dates, agreed on organisation, and agreed on priorities for the negotiations. He also stated that the uncertainty caused by Brexit must be dealt with and the scope of the future relationship between the EU and the UK must be defined. He noted that the protection of the Good Friday agreement and the maintenance of the Common Travel Area are the most urgent areas to discuss.

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