UK AG Opinion re Mar 2019 Documents

Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC MP Attorney General Attorney General’s Office 5-8 The Sanctuary London SW1P 3JS Rt Hon Theresa May MP Prime Minister 10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA Tel: 0207 271 2492 www.gov.uk/ago 12 March 2019 Dear Prime Minister, Legal Opinion on Joint Instrument and Unilateral Declaration concerning the Withdrawal Agreement 1. I […]

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Joint Statement Re Future Relationship [Mar 2019]

JOINT  STATEMENT  SUPPLEMENTING  THE  POLITICAL  DECLARATION  SETTING  OUT  THE  FRAMEWORK  FOR   THE  FUTURE  RELATIONSHIP  BETWEEN  THE  EUROPEAN  UNION  AND  THE  UNITED  KINGDOM  OF  GREAT   BRITAIN  AND  NORTHERN  IRELAND 1. The  European  Union,  hereafter  referred  to  as  “the  Union”,  and  the  United  Kingdom  of  Great  Britain   and  Northern  Ireland,  hereafter  referred  to  as […]

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UK Declaration on Withdrawal Agreement [Mar 2019]

Unilateral Declaration bu the UK Declaration by Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning the Northern Ireland Protocol The   United   Kingdom   reiterates   its   wish   to   establish   a   future   partnership   that   is   as   close   […]

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Instrument on Withdrawal Agreement [Mar 2019]

INSTRUMENT  RELATING  TO  THE  AGREEMENT  ON  THE  WITHDRAWAL The  Union  and  the  United  Kingdom: Reiterate  the  parties’  wish  to  establish  a  future  partnership  that  is  as  close  and  strong  as  possible,   given  the  global  challenges  they  share,  and  underline  their  commitment  to  embark  on  preparations   immediately  after  the  signature  of  the  Withdrawal  Agreement […]

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UK Backstop Reassurances for NI [Jan 2018]

UK GOVERNMENT COMMITMENTS TO NI AND ITS INTEGRAL PLACE IN THE UK 9 January 2019 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1. This Government has made clear on many occasions that we will never be neutral in expressing our support for the Union. Our steadfast belief is that Northern Ireland’s future is best served within a stronger United Kingdom. And as […]

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Future Trading Declaration (22 Nov 2018)

Subject Political declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom Delegations1 will find in the Annex the Political declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom. This declaration has been agreed at negotiators’ level and agreed in […]

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Withdrawal – General Provisions (Nov 2018)

Objective and Scope The Agreement sets out the arrangements for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (“United Kingdom”) from the European Union (“European Union”) and from the European Atomic Energy Community (“Euratom”). Unless otherwise provided in the Agreement or in EU law made applicable by the Agreement, any reference […]

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Withdrawal – Transition Period (Nov 2018 Draft)

Transition Period There shall be a transition or implementation period, which shall start on the date of entry into force of the Agreement and end on 31 December 2020. Unless otherwise provided in the Agreement, EU law shall be applicable to and in the United Kingdom during the transition period. During the transition period, the […]

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UK/NI Main Backstop Provisions (Nov 2018)

Commencement and Taking Effect The Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland shall apply as from the end of the transition period, with the exception of some technical provisions of that Protocol that shall apply as from the entry into force of this Agreement. They are listed below. Objectives and relationship to subsequent agreement The Protocol is without […]

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UK/NI Backstop Customs (Nov 2018)

Customs Subject to the provision in the protocol regarding termination and changes, The EU / UK customs union the Annex shall apply to  goods: produced in the customs territory of the European Union or the United Kingdom customs territory, including those wholly or partially obtained or produced from products coming from third countries which are […]

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UK Wide Backstop Rules (Nov 2018)

TAX Taxation The European Union and the United Kingdom recognise and commit themselves to implementing the principles of good governance in the area of taxation, including the global standards on transparency and exchange of information, fair taxation, and the OECD standards against Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). The European Union and the United Kingdom […]

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NI Specific Backstop Rules (Nov 2018)

Good Friday Agreement Rights The individual rights provisions pursuant to the Good Friday Agreement institutions which are to be protected include – Directive implementing the principle of equal treatment between men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services – Directive on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and […]

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Withdrawal – Institutions and Enforcement (Nov 2018)

INSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS Joint Committee A Joint Committee, comprising representatives of the European Union and of the United Kingdom, is hereby established. The Joint Committee shall be co-chaired by the European Union and the United Kingdom. The Joint Committee shall meet at the request of the European Union or the United Kingdom, and in any event […]

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Withdrawal – Institutions Procedures & Arbitration (Nov 2018)

RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE AND SPECIALISED COMMITTEES Rule 1 Chair The Joint Committee shall be co-chaired by a Member of the European Commission and a representative of the Government of the United Kingdom at ministerial level, or by high-level officials designated to act as their alternates. The European Union and the United […]

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Citizens Rights Post-Transition (Nov 2018)

CITIZENS’ RIGHTS GENERAL PROVISIONS Definitions For the purposes of these provisions, the following definitions shall apply: “family members” means the following persons, irrespective of their nationality, who fall within the personal scope provided for in Article 10 of the Agreement: family members of European Union citizens or family members of United Kingdom nationals as defined […]

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Workers’ Rights Post Transition (Nov 2018)

RIGHTS OF WORKERS AND SELF-EMPLOYED PERSONS Rights of workers Subject to the limitations set out in the EU Treaties, workers in the host State and frontier workers in the State or States of work shall enjoy the rights guaranteed by the Treaty and the rights granted by EU Regulation. These rights include: the right not […]

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Withdrawal – Financial Provisions (Nov 2018)

GENERAL PROVISIONS Currency to be used between the EUand the UK Without prejudice to the applicable EU law concerning the European Union’s own resources, all amounts, liabilities, calculations, accounts and payments referred to in these provisions shall be drawn up and implemented in euro. Facility offered to auditors The United Kingdom shall inform the European […]

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Gibraltar Protocol (Nov 2018)

Citizens’ rights The Kingdom of Spain (“Spain”) and the United Kingdom in respect of Gibraltar shall closely cooperate with a view to preparing and underpinning the effective implementation of Part Two of the Withdrawal Agreement on citizens’ rights, which fully applies, inter alia, to frontier workers residing in Gibraltar or in Spain, in particular in […]

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Cyprus Base Protocol (Nov 2018)

General provisions For the purposes of the Protocol, any reference to the United Kingdom in the applicable provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement shall be understood as referring to the United Kingdom in respect of the Sovereign Base Areas. The provisions of this Protocol referring to EU law or concepts or provisions thereof shall in their […]

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Separation Post-Transition Goods, Customs & Tax (Nov 2018)

GOODS PLACED ON THE MARKET Definitions For the purposes of these provisions, the following definitions shall apply: “making available on the market” means any supply of a good for distribution, consumption or use on the market in the course of a commercial activity, whether in return for payment or free of charge; “placing on the […]

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Separation Post-Transition IP and Data (Nov 2018)

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Continued protection in the UK of registered or granted rights The holder of any of the following intellectual property rights which have been registered or granted before the end of the transition period shall, without any re-examination, become the holder of a comparable registered and enforceable intellectual property right in the United Kingdom […]

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Separation Post-Transition- Police and Judicial Cooperation (Nov 2018)

ONGOING POLICE AND JUDICIAL COOPERATION IN CRIMINAL MATTERS Ongoing judicial cooperation proceedings in criminal matters I In the United Kingdom, as well as in the Member States in situations involving the United Kingdom, the following acts shall apply as follows: the Convention, on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Member States of the European […]

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Future Trading Relationship Declaration (14 Nov 2018)

BASIS FOR COOPERATION Shared values including the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, democratic principles, the rule of law and support for non-proliferation, as essential prerequisites for the future relationship. Reaffirmation of the United Kingdom’s commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), and the Union’s and its Member States’ to the Charter of fundamental Rights […]

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Joint Statement on Progress (June 2018)

JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE NEGOTIATORS 1. This statement, presented jointly by the negotiators of the European Union (Union) and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK), records the progress made since the publication on 19 March 2018 of the draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the Union and the […]

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Citizens (Mar 2018 Draft)

Provisions on Citizens Part 2 of the draft withdrawal agreement largely reflects the. December 2017 joint report. All of it is colour coded green in the publish draft on 19th March, indicating agreement in principle. Articles 8 and 9 confirms that all EU ‘citizenship’ rights will continue to apply to EU nationals and their family […]

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Goods Transition (Mar 2018 Draft)

Separation provisions Articles 36 – 120 of the draft Withdrawal Agreement cover ‘separation issues’ that were not fully agreed upon during the Phase 1 negotiations. In brief, these relate to processes in a variety of areas that may be ongoing when the transition period ends The below provisions set out how these ‘ongoing processes’ will […]

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