Under Article 50(2) TEU ‘A Member State which decides to withdraw [from the EU] shall notify the European Council of its intention.’ As the Heads of States or Government of the 27 Member States and the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission stated on 29 June 2016 (EU27 Statement) following the results of the referendum of 23 June 2016 the withdrawal negotiations with the UK could not start before such notification had taken place. Following the UK’s notification of withdrawal from the European Union sent on 29 March 2017 by Prime Minister Theresa May, the European Council has drafted guidelines in line with Article 50(2) TEU. These will have to be adopted by a European Council in a EU27 format (without the UK). To this end President Tusk called in a press briefing on 21 March 2017 for such a meeting to be held on 29 April 2017 to adopt those Guidelines.
This blog provides an analysis of those draft guidelines
Dadomo, C., & Quenivet, N. (2017). Commentary on the European Council’s Draft Guidelines Following the UK’s Notification under Article 50 TEU