|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: Taskforce on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom, United Kingdom: Department for Exiting the European Union|
Negotiators from the United Kingdom and the European Union announced on 14 November 2018 that a draft agreement had been reached on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.
The European Commission recommended to the European Council to find that decisive progress was made in the negotiations. The UK Prime Minister discussed the content of this draft agreement with her cabinet and got its endorsement. Political turbulence followed in the United Kingdom, due to disagreement on the content of these documents. The withdrawal agreement - together with the draft political declaration on the future relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom - were eventually endorsed by the European Council on 25 November.
The UK Government published on 3 December the legal position provided by the Attorney General regarding the withdrawal agreement. Following a vote in the UK Parliament, the full version was published on 5 December. On 14 January 2019, the UK Prime Minister, the European Commission President and the head of the European Council exchanged letters on further reasssurances regarding some of the issues behind the political turmoil in the United Kingdom regarding this Agreement.
The Withdrawal Agreement establishes the terms of the UK's withdrawal from the EU. It ensures that the withdrawal happens in an orderly manner, and offers legal certainty once the Treaties and EU law cease to apply to the UK. The documents cover the following areas:
The negotiators also agreed on an outline of the political declaration on the future EU-UK relationship.
Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union was triggered by the UK Prime Minister in March 2017. Negotiations formally began in June 2017. In December 2017, the EU and the UK published a Joint Report, setting out the areas of agreement between both sides on withdrawal issues. This was accompanied by a Communication published by the European Commission. In March 2018, both sides published a draft Withdrawal Agreement in which different colours highlighted areas of agreement and disagreement.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Keywords||Brexit [After the Referendum], Withdrawal Agreement | Divorce Deal
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|