Joint Committee UK Note

Guidance Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee Published 30 March 2020 Contents 1.What is the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee? 2.Who chairs the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee? 3.How does the Joint Committee operate? How often will it meet? 4.Who chairs the Specialised Committees? How often will they meet? What do they do? 1. What is the Withdrawal Agreement Joint […]

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UK Position Trade in Goods

Part 1: The Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) 1. The Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (henceforth: the Agreement) should be structured as follows and cover broadly the following ground. Chapter 1: General Definitions and Initial Provisions 2. The Agreement should set out the terms used in the CFTA and should explain the relationships with the World […]

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UK Position Services

Cross-Border Trade in Services 34. The Agreement should promote trade in services and investment by providing service suppliers and investors with certainty and transparency about their future operating environment. The Agreement should enhance cooperation between the parties and competent authorities, and facilitate trade through provisions on issues such as the recognition of professional qualifications. 35. […]

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UK Position General Issues

The UK’s Approach to Negotiations Introduction 1. On 31 January 2020 the United Kingdom left the European Union and the Withdrawal Agreement concluded with the EU entered into force. 2. On 31 December 2020, at the end of the transition period provided for in that agreement, the UK will fully recover its economic and political […]

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UK Position Sectoral Agreements

Other Agreements 1. The CFTA should be supplemented by a range of other international agreements covering, principally, fisheries, law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, transport, and energy, as set out below. Agreement on Fisheries 2. The UK is ready to consider an agreement on fisheries that reflects the fact that the UK will […]

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UK Position Regulation

Subsidies 64. The UK will have its own regime of subsidy control. The Agreement should include reciprocal commitments to transparency about the award of subsidies which go beyond the notification requirements set out in the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures. This should include an obligation on both parties to notify the other every […]

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UK Position Justice

Agreement on Law Enforcement and Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters 27. The safety and security of our citizens is the Government’s top priority. The UK already has world leading law enforcement capabilities. At the end of the transition period, we will fully recover our sovereign control over our borders and immigration system, which will further […]

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UK Brexit Negotiator Speech

“We bring to the negotiations not some clever tactical positioning but the fundamentals of what it means to be an independent country. It is central to our vision that we must have the ability to set laws that suit us – to claim the right that every other non-EU country in the world has.” Thank […]

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Trade in Agriculture

Brexit: Trade issues for food and agriculture Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 This briefing discusses how future UK trade policy after Brexit could affect the availability, price and quality of food, as well as the prospects for farmers, food producers and processors. It sets out key statistics on the UK’s international food and drink trade […]

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Trade in Services- Some Issues

Trade in services: Parting with the EU?  December 20, 2019 Ilze Jozepa, Steve Browning Leaving the EU will change how UK service businesses like law firms, banks, insurers, architects and tour operators trade with the EU. Whatever choice the UK makes, departing from Single Market rules will inevitably mean more barriers to trade. As the Confederation of […]

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Brexit and Trade in Service

Brexit and trade in services  October 8, 2019 Ilze Jozepa, Matthew Ward Leaving the EU is likely to change how UK service businesses like law firms, banks, architects, insurers and tour operators trade with the EU. Given how important services are for the UK economy, trade in services deserves as much attention as trade in goods. This […]

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UK Freeports Consultation

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UK Tariff Consultation

Summary A consultation to inform our own Most Favoured Nation tariff schedule, the UK Global Tariff. This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 5 March 2020 Consultation description The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. The Department for International Trade is preparing the UK’s first independent tariff policy in almost fifty years. This Most […]

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UK Statement 3rd Feb 2020

Written statement to Parliament The Future Relationship between the UK and the EU This statement sets out the Government’s proposed approach to the negotiations with the EU about our future relationship. Further details on this and other trade negotiations will be made available to Parliament as the process develops. Delivered on: 3 February 2020 The […]

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Proposed Economic Partnership

Economic partnership Following the decision of the people of the UK in the referendum, the UK is leaving the EU, and as a result will leave the Single Market and the Customs Union – seizing new opportunities and forging a new role in the world. At the same time, the UK wants to protect jobs […]

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Goods (UK White Paper)

Free Trade Area Regulatory frameworks draw a distinction between goods, which are physical products that tangibly cross a border, and services. The UK proposes the establishment of a free trade area for goods, including agri-food. This would avoid friction at the border, protect jobs and livelihoods, and ensure that the UK and the EU meet […]

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Services (UK White Paper)

Services and investment The UK is world leading in many services sectors, including legal, business and financial services. In 2017, services made up 79 percent of total UK GVA worth £1.46 trillion.10 In 2017, 21 percent of EU27 services imports came from the UK, and 20 percent of EU27 services exports went to the UK.11 […]

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Freedom of Movement (UK White Paper)

Framework for mobility EU citizens are integral to communities across the UK, with 3.5 million EU citizens living in the UK.22 Approximately 800,000 UK nationals play an equally important role in communities across the EU.23 The UK and the EU have already reached an agreement on citizens’ rights which provides EU citizens living in the […]

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Digital & Broadcasting (UK White Paper)

Digital Digital is a fast evolving, innovative, sector that is driving economic transformation across the world. Digital sectors contributed £116.5 billion to the UK economy in 2016, representing 6.7 percent of GVA. Facilitating growth and removing barriers will drive competitiveness and help the UK tap into the potential from the top ten largest economies of […]

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Data Protection (UK White Paper)

Data protection Data plays an increasingly important role in the global economy. Recent research suggests data flows already account for a higher proportion of global growth than trade in physical goods.85 Data also helps keep people safe by maximising the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies and bringing more criminals to justice. It will, therefore, be […]

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Energy (UK White Paper)

Electricity and gas The UK remains committed to delivering cost-effective, clean and secure energy supplies. The UK has worked closely with European partners to liberalise and open energy markets, with wide-ranging UK energy sector expertise being highly regarded across the EU. The Government is committed to facilitating the continuation of the Single Electricity Market (SEM) […]

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Transport (UK White Paper)

Socio-economic cooperation There are many other areas where the UK and EU economies are closely linked, including transport, energy, civil judicial cooperation, intellectual property, and audit and accountancy. The particularly close integration between EU Member States in these areas reflects their membership of the Single Market, and the UK recognises that it will not be […]

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Competition & Regulation (UK White Paper)

Open and fair competition The UK has been a leading advocate of the development of the EU state aid and competition regime and has much to gain from maintaining disciplines on subsidies  and anti-competitive practices. Some horizontal rules are not primarily designed to ensure open and fair markets. Nonetheless, it is usual to include commitments […]

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Institutions

Summary A relationship as deep as the one that the UK envisages will require a broad range of cooperation between the UK and the EU in the future. In order to ensure that this  cooperation can function properly, that the relationship is transparent and accountable and that the trust established through the commitments made by […]

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Resolving Disputes

Resolving disputes The institutional framework should prevent disputes arising but in the unlikely event that they did, it should be designed in a way that facilitates dialogue. But where international agreements include binding commitments on the parties, it is important that they include provisions to ensure that formal disputes over these commitments can be resolved […]

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Administrative Cooperation

Administrative provisions To ensure the future relationship is administered effectively, the UK and the EU will need to agree arrangements for regulatory cooperation. This includes: an upfront choice to maintain a common rulebook with the EU, in particular, in relation to the free trade area for goods; and a recognition that some rules are equivalent. […]

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