What does the EU demand from the U.K. exactly now that the UK has invoked Article 50?

  • Is this talking about the "bill" that's been floating around the news, or more broadly about what the EU's expectations of its new relationship with the UK are? Mar 31 '17 at 21:04
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    Brexit has not taken place officially. Brexit has been requested officially. The actual withdrawal is still being negotiated.
    – Brythan
    Mar 31 '17 at 21:23
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    @DavidGrinberg why would that be the definition of Brexit? The UK still belongs to the EU, so it has not yet exited, hence Brexit is still in the future.
    – phoog
    Mar 31 '17 at 22:36
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    @Panda indeed, with unanimous agreement by the member nations, it seems hard to argue that it would have to be the point of no return, even if itcould not be revoked unilaterally.
    – phoog
    Mar 31 '17 at 23:37
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    "Is this talking about the "bill" that's been floating around the news, or more broadly..." - it is impossible for anybody to answer broadly. The question is about the obligations Britain has to take on in connection with having triggered Article 50. Apr 1 '17 at 20:17

There are demands and there are desires. It is sometimes hard to distinguish them. The EU position is set out in the "EUCO Brexit guidelines" These can be summarised:

  • That the UK honour existing financial commitments. (This is sometimes dubbed the "divorce bill".)

  • That rights for EU citizens that are resident in the UK are guaranteed, and that EU businesses are not disadvantaged.

  • That the UK manage their exit from the EU in such a manner that causes minimal disruption to the other EU members.

  • That the UK cannot be a partial member of the single market.

  • That the UK may not form a bilateral agreement with any member state of the EU on a matter that is of material concern to the rest of the EU (The UK may not attempt to "divide and rule").

  • That discussions on an orderly exit from the EU must have progressed before any discussions of a future arrangement between the EU and the UK can begin.

  • EU institutions currently located in the UK to be moved to the EU in an orderly manner.

  • That the UK honour its share of international agreements formed as a member of the EU.

There are other concerns of particular nations: the position of Ireland and Cyprus, for example.

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    Concerning "rights of EU citizens": It seems Theresa May has just decided: "Indefinite leave to remain" doesn't mean "Indefinite leave to remain".
    – gnasher729
    Jun 29 '17 at 1:59
  • In June 2017, Theresa May offered "settled status" (ie. equivalent access to UK state services and residence in perpetuity) to EU citizens who had lived in the UK for five years or more. This was contingent upon reciprocity. The EU rebuffed this offer.
    – 52d6c6af
    Sep 7 '17 at 23:13
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    @Ben: You can ask a question on why the EU didn’t consider the proposal sufficient if you are interested. As it stands, your comment amounts to lying by omission, since it implies the EU said no out of sheer ill-will.
    – chirlu
    Sep 8 '17 at 3:08

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