Political Declaration setting out the Framework for the Future Relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom

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The European Union and the United Kingdom reached on 22 November 2018 an agreement regarding a draft political declaration setting out the framework for the relationship between the two sides after the end of the transition period in the context of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. The document was formally endorsed by the European Council on 25 November.

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It sets out the scope and terms of the future UK-EU relationship. It provides instructions to negotiators working to deliver a framework for the relationship by the end of the so-called transition period. It covers an economic partnership, a security partnership and agreements on areas of shared interest. This draft framework was initially agreed at negotiators' level and agreed in principle at political level, subject to endorsement by Leaders.

This document is not legally binding and expands from an outline agreed between negotiators earlier in the month. Formal negotiations on its content would only begin once the UK's withdrawal was made effective.

Source Link https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/37059/20181121-cover-political-declaration.pdf
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Commentary and Analysis
The Conversation, 22.11.18: Brexit political declaration: what it means for the future UK-EU relationship https://theconversation.com/brexit-political-declaration-what-it-means-for-the-future-uk-eu-relationship-107256
The Guardian, 22.11.18: The Brexit political declaration – rated https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/nov/22/the-brexit-political-declaration-rated
BBC News, 22.11.18: Brexit: What's in the political declaration? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46303751
The Independent, 23.11.18: Brexit deal: what the draft political declaration between the UK and EU means https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-deal-theresa-may-political-declaration-draft-future-relationship-uk-eu-a8646661.html
New Statesman, 22.11.18: There’s only one sentence in the political declaration that matters as far as Brexit goes https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/elections/2018/11/there-s-only-one-sentence-political-declaration-matters-far-brexit-goes
Politico, 22.11.18: 7 takeaways from the post-Brexit plan https://www.politico.eu/article/7-takeaways-from-the-post-brexit-deal-plan-theresa-may/
EurActiv, 23.11.18: The Empress’s new Brexit clothes https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/the-empresss-new-brexit-clothes/
Institute for Government: Explainer: Framework on the UK-EU future relationship https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/explainers/framework-uk-eu-future-relationship
Open Europe: Blog, 22.11.18: UK-EU Political Declaration offers a relationship from 'Canada-plus' to 'Chequers-minus' https://openeurope.org.uk/today/blog/uk-eu-political-declaration-offers-a-relationship-from-canada-plus-to-chequers-minus/

BBC News, 22.11.18: Brexit: Draft agreement on future relationship right for UK, says May https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46300247
Reuters, 22.11.18: Pound strengthens after UK, EU agree on draft declaration for future ties https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1NR0T4
El País, 22.11.18: EU, UK agree draft declaration on post-Brexit relationship, with no mention of Gibraltar https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/11/22/inenglish/1542888209_242575.html
Swissinfo.ch, 22.11.18: EU, Britain agree draft deal on future relations https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/eu--britain-agree-draft-deal-on-future-relations/44563596
The New York Times, 22.11.18: U.K. Agrees on Brexit Plan With Europe’s Negotiators https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/22/world/europe/uk-eu-theresa-may-brexit.html
Deutsche Welle, 22.11.18: EU, UK agree to 'ambitious' post-Brexit ties https://p.dw.com/p/38iBo
Politico, 22.11.18: UK, EU agree draft plan for post-Brexit ties https://www.politico.eu/article/draft-text-aims-for-ambitious-wide-ranging-post-brexit-partnership/
EurActiv, 22.11.18: Brexit deal ‘within our grasp’, May insists after EU-UK political declaration https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/brexit-deal-within-our-grasp-insists-may-after-eu-uk-deal-on-political-declaration/

ESO Records
Brexit – The United Kingdom and the European Union [After the Referendum] https://www.europeansources.info/record/brexit-the-united-kingdom-and-the-european-union/
Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union https://www.europeansources.info/record/draft-agreement-on-the-withdrawal-of-the-united-kingdom-from-the-european-union/

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