In the Political Declaration, the EU and the United Kingdom set the framework for an economic and security partnership.

While working with Member States on the Political Declaration, the European Commission consulted a variety of stakeholders representing a balanced set of interests across various economic and policy areas. It also held frequent bilateral discussions with stakeholders and social partners at national level in order to take their concerns into account.

During the negotiation on the future relationship, the European Commission will continue this regular dialogue. Such a dialogue would support EU decision-making on evidence-based positions on the many dimensions of the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom.

In addition to meeting individual stakeholders, the European Commission will discuss the future EU-UK partnership in a number of existing civil society dialogues organised by various Commission departments.

Meetings with stakeholders

The Head of the Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom (UKTF), Michel Barnier, and his team will continue to engage in an open, transparent and regular dialogue with a variety of stakeholders.

As in the withdrawal negotiations, the UKTF will continue to meet with consumer and environmental organisations, trade unions, businesses, university associations and think tanks, as well as other non-governmental organisations.

The UKTF encourages public interest-oriented associations to express their views to ensure that the view of a wide range of stakeholders is taken into account.

All meetings of the Head of the Task Force, in Brussels and in the Member States, are published online, on the basis of the Commission decision on the publication of information on meetings between Directors-General and organisations or self-employed individuals.

As is the case for the Head of the Task Force, staff of the UKTF will only meet organisations that are registered in the Transparency Register.

Dialogue with civil society

In the Political Declaration, the EU and the United Kingdom agreed to encourage dialogue with civil society on issues related to the future relationship.

In addition to this joint dialogue, on the EU side, the Head of the UKTF will continue to visit each Member State to meet governments, national parliaments, social partners and stakeholders and will continue to meet civil society organisations.

EU negotiating positions will also build on existing civil society dialogues in Commission departments with a key stake in this negotiation. This includes, for example, the civil society dialogue organised by the Commission's Directorate-General for Trade, as well as civil dialogue groups organised by other Commission departments.

High-level conference

A High-Level conference will take place between the EU and the United Kingdom in June 2020 to take stock of progress in the negotiations on the future relationship and to decide on the issues to take forward in negotiations. The Commission will ensure that results of the dialogues of Commission departments with civil society are taken forward to the High Level Conference.

Preparedness

During the negotiation on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU, the European Commission made a special effort to raise stakeholders’ awareness, in full transparency, about the possibility of the United Kingdom leaving without an agreement. This preparedness work will continue.

Planning for the undesired scenario of no agreement on the future relationship by 31 December 2020, in the absence of a further extension of the transition period, will ensure that public administrations and businesses are as well-prepared as possible for a no deal scenario. In particular, the Commission will continue to update, as necessary, the 102 stakeholder notices that it has already published.