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07188631 ©JULIEN WARNAND/EPA/MAXPPP -BRUSSELS 20181125 Michel Barnier, the European Chief Negotiator of the Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker (R) hug each other during the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, 25 November 2018. The leaders of the 27 remaining EU member countries (EU27) meet 'to endorse the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement and to approve the draft political declaration on future EU-UK relations' in a special meeting of the European Council on Britain leaving the EU under Article 50.