The EU27 is expected to agree a joint proposal from the UK and the European Commission to move on to discussions about Britainâ€™s future outside the bloc
Jean Claude Juncker, president of the European commission said it â€œdepends on the British parliament and British peopleâ€� to decide whether the UK will ultimately leave the EU.
Asked about the round of applause given to Theresa May at the end of her address to leaders at a summit dinner on Thursday night, Juncker said:
Yes. Some of us thought, including me, that she did make a big effort and this has to be recognised.
Good morning, welcome to live coverage of the EU 27 summit.
After nine months of wrangling, EU leaders are set to decide that enough progress has been made on the first phase of Brexit talks to move negotiations on to discussions about Britainâ€™s future outside the bloc.