Prime Minister to Brussels for Brexit summit

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will meet fellow heads of state and government at an extraordinary summit of the European Council on Wednesday 10 April. At the summit, EU leaders will discuss Brexit, the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. UK Prime Minister Theresa May will attend the first part of the summit to give her view of the situation.

Stefan Löfven
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven participates in an extraordinary summit of the European Council on Wednesday 10 April. The EU leaders will discuss possible solutions to avoid the UK leaving the EU without an agreement, a ‘hard Brexit’. Photo: The Swedish EU Representation

The UK is currently due to leave the EU on 12 April, but the British parliament has not yet approved the withdrawal agreement. In a letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, Ms May has asked the EU to delay the UK’s withdrawal until 30 June. EU leaders will discuss possible solutions to avoid the UK leaving the EU without an agreement (‘hard Brexit’).

One possibility could be to give the UK until 30 June to leave the EU, another is to give the country the option to leave the EU later, when it is ready. If possible, the EU wants to avoid the UK leaving without an agreement, and the Swedish Government supports this position.