EU to convene summit on April 29 to approve guidelines on Brexit


BRUSSELS, March 21 (Xinhua) — European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday announced that he will convene a summit on April 29 to approve the European Union(EU)’s guidelines on Brexit.

“I will call European Council on April 29 to adopt EU27 Brexit Guidelines. Priority must be certainty, clarity for all: citizens, companies and member states,” Tusk tweeted.

Tusk on Monday tweeted that the EU will unveil its guidelines on Brexit in 48 hours once Britain fires the starting gun to leave the bloc.

His tweet came on the heels of the British government’s announcement that British Prime Minister Theresa May is going to trigger the Article 50 on March 29, formally starting the country’s exit from the EU.

May is expected to make a full statement to MPs in the House of Commons immediately after the triggering of the Article 50.

The launch of the Article 50 means the starting of a two-year Brexit talks between London and Brussels on a deal to determine Britain’s future relationship with the remaining 27 members of the EU.

That also means the final departure will be no later than March 2019.

The announcement on Monday meets May’s longstanding commitment to trigger the Article 50 by the end of March 2017.