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An Taoiseach & Minister McEntee in Brussels for European Council & Brexit meetings

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in Brussels with Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee for a series of meetings of the European Council today and on Friday.

The Taoiseach joins the British Prime Minister, Theresa May and 26 other EU leaders this afternoon in ‘Article 50 format’, to discuss the future relationship between the EU and the UK. Discussions will focus on the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration.

The European Council will also hold further meetings on the Union's budget - the Multi-Annual Financial Framework - for the period 2022 to 2027, as well the Single Market, migration and external relations.

Other issues, including consultations with citizens on the future of Europe, measures to address disinformation, and the fight against racism and xenophobia, will also be discussed over the two days.

The Taoiseach will attend a Euro Summit on Friday, which is expected to focus on Economic & Monetary Union.