European Council Briefing Note 2019/7

October: Brexit, Enlargement, Turkey, the Strategic Agenda, the MFF and Climate Change

The October European Council was overshadowed but by no means dominated by Brexit. Overshadowed, because the new Withdrawal Agreement was not concluded until midday on the day on which the European Council met, and nobody could therefore be certain about what the heads of state and government would have to discuss, let alone the atmosphere in which the discussion would take place. Not dominated, because there was very little for the heads of state and government themselves to discuss or do about it and, still more importantly, because several other items on the agenda were very important.

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