EU27 won’t take Brexit decision at summit

Deal or no deal with the U.K. will not be the question at a European Council summit later this week.

A senior EU official said Wednesday that Commission President Ursula von der Leyen may brief the EU heads of state and government on the status of the talks on a post-Brexit trade agreement, but that leaders will not debate the matter, let alone vote to approve any potential deal.

“There is not the intention to have a decision or a debate on the item,” the senior official said. “What we might have is a debrief of the state of play of the situation by the president of the European Commission, still subject to confirmation just to take stock of where we are. There is no decision or milestone at this stage.”

The comments indicate that even if there is a breakthrough in discussions between von der Leyen and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson who are due to meet for dinner Wednesday, the EU27 national leaders will need more time to review the details before engaging with each other on the merits of any proposed agreement.

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