|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union: General Secretariat|
|Series Title||Press Release|
The decision was made during a meeting of the General Affairs Council [EU27 format] on 29 January 2018.
The proposed end date for the transition period in the negotiating directives is 31 December 2020. During the transition period the whole of the EU acquis would continue to apply to the United Kingdom as if it were a member state. All existing EU regulatory, budgetary, supervisory, judiciary and enforcement instruments and structures would also apply, including the competence of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).
During the transition period, the UK would remain bound by the obligations stemming from the agreements concluded by the European Union, while it would no longer participate in any bodies set up by those agreements. The UK would have to continue to comply with EU trade policy, to apply EU customs tariff and collect EU customs duties and to ensure all EU checks are being performed on the border. This also implies that during that period the UK would not become bound by international agreements in its own capacity in fields of competence of EU law, unless authorised to do so by the EU.
The UK, as already a third country, would no longer participate in the institutions and the decision-making of the European Union.
These negotiating directives provide the European Commission, as the EU negotiator, with a mandate to start discussions with the United Kingdom on this matter.
The European Union and the United Kingdom reached an agreement in principle on 8 December 2017 regarding three main issues which composed the first phase of the negotiations on the UK's withdrawal fromt he EU:
+ Protecting the rights of Union citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the Union;
The European Commission therefore recommended to the European Council [in its Article 50 format] to conclude that sufficient progress had been made in that first phase. As a result, European Council President Donald Tusk announced he would soon put forward the key guidelines for the second phase of the negoiations:
+ Negotiating the transition phase;
+ European Council summit, 14-15 December 2017
The Council of the European Union [in its EU27 format] adopted on 29 January 2018 a set of supplementing negotiating directive for the Brexit negotiations, which detail the EU27 position regarding a transition period.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Europe|