#EUUKRelations – Council adopts choice for brand new partnership with UK


The Council in the present day (25 February) adopted a call authorizing the opening of negotiations for a brand new partnership with the UK, and formally nominating the Commission as EU negotiator. The Council additionally adopted negotiating directives which represent a mandate to the Commission for the negotiations.

The Council has adopted a transparent and robust mandate for our negotiator, Michel Barnier. This confirms our readiness to supply an bold, wide-ranging and balanced partnership to the UK for the good thing about either side. The EU is now prepared to start out negotiations.

Andreja Metelko-Zgombić, Croatian State Secretary for European Affairs

The EU needs to ascertain an bold, wide-ranging and balanced financial partnership with the UK. The mandate stresses that the long run partnership ought to be underpinned by strong commitments to make sure a degree enjoying subject for open and truthful competitors, given the EU and the UK’s geographic proximity and financial interdependence.

The EU intends to ascertain a free commerce settlement with the UK which ensures that zero tariffs and quotas apply to commerce in items. This settlement ought to present for co-operation on customs and regulatory facets. It also needs to embody efficient administration and supervision, dispute settlement and enforcement preparations.

On fisheries, the mandate outlines that the long run partnership ought to uphold the prevailing reciprocal entry to waters in addition to steady quota shares. The settlement on fisheries ought to be established by 1 July 2020, to provide time for figuring out fishing alternatives after the top of the transition interval.

The mandate additionally comprises provisions for future cooperation in areas resembling digital commerce, mental property, public procurement, mobility, transport, and power.

The EU will search to ascertain a complete safety partnership with the UK. The partnership ought to comprise regulation enforcement and judicial cooperation in prison issues, in addition to international coverage, safety and defence. The mandate foresees that the long run partnership ought to be embedded in an total governance framework overlaying all areas of cooperation.

Next steps

The Commission will agree with the UK the dates for the primary negotiating classes. The first formal assembly between the EU and the UK negotiators is anticipated to happen in early March.


The Council choice and the negotiating directives are based mostly on a suggestion introduced by the Commission on 3 February 2020. They construct on the political declaration agreed by the EU and the UK in October 2019, in addition to on the European Council (Art. 50) tips on the long run EU-UK relationship of March 2018 and April 2017.

On 13 December 2019, EU27 leaders reconfirmed their purpose of building as shut as potential a future relationship with the UK. They invited the Commission to undergo the Council a draft negotiating mandate for a future relationship with the UK instantly after its departure.

The entry into drive of the withdrawal settlement marked the top of the interval beneath Article 50 TEU and the beginning of a transition interval till 31 December 2020. During the transition interval, the UK will proceed to use Union regulation however it’ll now not be represented within the EU establishments.

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