Draft text of the Agreement on the New Partnership with the United Kingdom
The European Commission's draft legal agreement for the future EU-UK partnership translates into a legal text the negotiating directives approved by EU 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.
This negotiating document was transmitted to the United Kingdom on 18 March 2020, following consultation with the European Parliament and Council.
It serves as a tool to support the negotiations and to enable progress with the UK.
Foreign Policy, Security and Defence part of the Draft text of the Agreement
This negotiating document complements the draft legal agreement published on the same day.
It is published as a separate document, bearing in mind that the United Kingdom has stated that it does not wish to engage in negotiations on these matters.
Terms of reference
EU and UK negotiators have agreed on terms of reference for the negotiations, which establish the structure of the talks, including indicative dates and agendas.
The negotiating directives for a new partnership with the United Kingdom define the scope and terms of the future partnership that the European Union envisages with the United Kingdom.
The negotiating directives were adopted by the EU Council of Ministers on 25 February 2020. They are based on the draft recommendation put forward by the Commission on 3 February 2020.
These directives cover all areas of interest for the negotiations, including trade and economic cooperation, law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, foreign policy, security and defence, participation in Union programmes and other thematic areas of cooperation. A dedicated chapter on governance provides an outline for an overall governance framework covering all areas of economic and security cooperation.
As Union negotiator, the Commission intends to continue to work in close coordination with the Council and its preparatory bodies, as well as with the European Parliament, as was the case during the negotiations for the Withdrawal Agreement.
EU27 preparatory discussions on the future partnership
The European Commission and representatives of the 27 EU Member States met throughout January 2020 for preparatory discussions on the future partnership. These covered all major areas as indicated in the Political Declaration. The European Commission is publishing these presentations in line with its transparency policy.
- Architecture and legal nature of the partnership
- Mobility of persons
- UK participation in Union programmes
- Foreign policy, security and defence
- Law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters
- Level playing field and sustainability
- Free trade agreement
- Personal data protection (adequacy decisions); Cooperation and equivalence in financial services
The Political Declaration
It establishes the parameters of an ambitious, broad, deep and flexible partnership covering trade, economic cooperation and security.
The Declaration also states that the future relationship must ensure open and fair competition, encompassing robust commitments to ensure a level playing field.
The Political Declaration also foresees that this partnership should be embedded in an overall governance framework, with appropriate mechanisms for enforcement and dispute settlement.