European Union leaders have adopted negotiating guidelines for talks on the bloc’s future relationship with Britain.
European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted on Friday morning that the remaining 27 EU leaders had given the go-ahead to start trade negotiations with the UK.
The decision comes with an offer of a 21-month transition period to help businesses adapt after the UK leaves in March next year.
Decision: EU27 has adopted guidelines for the future EU-UK relations after #Brexit
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) March 23, 2018
Later today the EU leaders are expected to accept the terms of the implementation period as agreed between the UK’s Brexit secretary David Davis and head EU negotiator Michel Barnier earlier this week.
As well as future trade deals, the negotiating guidelines lay out how future security, defense, and foreign policy ties will work.
Friday’s decision comes six days shy of a year after Article 50 was triggered by the UK, declaring Britain was officially leaving the EU.