March 30, 2020
The Commission’s draft agreement translates into a legal text the negotiating directives approved by Member States in the General Affairs Council on 25 February 2020, in line with the Political Declaration agreed between the EU and the UK in October 2019.
The text follows consultations with the European Parliament and Council, and aims to provide a tool to support the negotiations and to enable progress with the UK.
The Commission says that the UK has indicated that it will put forward text covering some of the elements of the future EU-UK relationship outlined in the Political Declaration.
The draft text covers all areas of the negotiations, including trade and economic cooperation, law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, participation in Union programmes and other thematic areas of cooperation. A dedicated chapter on governance provides an outline for an overarching framework covering all areas of economic and security cooperation.
Given developments related to COVID-19, EU and UK negotiators are currently exploring alternative ways to continue discussions, including if possible the use of video conferences. The Commission says that both sides remain in close contact with one another and substantive work on the legal texts on both sides will continue over the coming weeks. To read the Commission’s press release in full and for a link to the draft text, click here.