BRUSSELS – Swedish Prime Minister voiced his thoughts after The EU heads of state and government agreed in principle on the guidelines for negotiations on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU – from Brussels. On March 29, the UK submitted the formal notification to the European Council of its intention to leave the EU. A draft of the guidelines was presented on March 31.
“I regret that the United Kingdom is leaving the EU. But it is positive that we can now get started on the negotiations, 10 months after the UK referendum,” said Prime Minister Stefan Löfven after the meeting.
The guidelines set the framework for the negotiations and the EU’s general standpoints and principles. The European Council stressed the importance of a united EU in the negotiations with the UK.
“The most important thing is that we in the EU stick together and place the interests of our citizens, companies and Member States first. We must have a firm and fair stance in the negotiations,” emphasised Mr Löfven.
Photo: The Representation of the Sweden to the EU