Last week, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, gave some brief remarks on the progress of Brexit negotiations following the Summit on Thursday 20 to Friday 21 June. His comments included a desire to avoid a disorderly Brexit and to establish a future relationship that is as close as possible with the UK. Tusk remained firm that the Withdrawal Agreement is not open for renegotiation.
There is no Brexit business scheduled for debate in the House of Commons Chamber this week. Political news is likely to be dominated by the final two candidates in the Conservative leadership contest, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, who will debate head-to-head in a series of nationwide hustings over the next month.
- 2 July: First sitting of the new European Parliament.
- 22 July: New Conservative leader, and UK Prime Minister, is announced.
- 25 July: The House of Commons breaks for summer recess.
- 3 September: The House of Commons returns from summer recess.
- 17-18 October: European Council summit.
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