4 July 2018
EU leaders met on 28-29 June 2018 at a time of growing divisions across Europe. A migration crisis reinvigorated by the election of a populist government in Italy, an incipient trade war with the US, and weakening transatlantic co-operation in NATO, all left time short to discuss Brexit. The Council was apparently, however, not obviously impressed by the current state of the Brexit negotiations. With the clock ticking, all eyes are now on the October Council as a final hurdle – or last chance saloon – before a no deal Brexit becomes increasingly inevitable.