Draft Legal Text Detailing the Future EU-UK Relationship Presented by the EU

The European Commission has published a draft agreement governing the future partnership between the EU and the United Kingdom. It reflects the negotiating directives approved by the Member States at the General Affairs Council of 25 February 2020, and is in line with the Political Declaration agreed by the EU and the United Kingdom in October 2019.

The text covers all areas of cooperation: from trade and economic, to police and judicial ,to participation in Union programmes, as well as many other areas where cooperation will be needed. A specific chapter on governance sets out a broad framework for economic and security cooperation.

Preceded by consultations with the European Parliament and the Council, the text is meant to be a tool for future negotiations with the UK, who have indicated that they will present their own series of texts to aid progress.

The European Commission’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said: “This text shows that it is possible to reach an ambitious and comprehensive agreement on our future relationship based on the EU’s mandate and the political aspirations agreed with the UK five months ago”.

The COVID-19 crisis has led to the cancellation of the next round of negotiations scheduled in London. Together, the EU and UK negotiators are currently exploring alternative ways of continuing discussions which will include, where possible, the use of video conferencing. Both sides are in close contact and substantive work on the legal texts will continue, on both sides, in the coming weeks.

The draft agreement is available here.

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