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Brexit: EC proposes a project of guidelines for UK’s exit

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn accordance with European Council’s approved guidelines, the European Commission submitted a proposal on Wednesday, 20 December, to commence talks regarding the next step in United Kingdom’s organized exit from the European Union.

The European Commission explains that the project of guidelines, which has been expanded with proposals discussed in May 2017, includes additional information regarding possible transition measures. It has been agreed that a ‘selective approach’ would be unacceptable – the United Kingdom will remain in the customs union and single market (with all four basic freedoms). The United Kingdom will remain compliant with EU acquis as it did when it was a member state. All changes made to acquis during all this time will be automatically applied in the UK.

At the same time, the commission mentions that all existing regulatory, budget, monitoring, court and enforcement tools and structures, including Court of Justice of the European Union, will remain active.

It is also mentioned in the proposal that the United Kingdom will become a third country starting from 30 March 2019. This means it will no longer hold representation in EU institutions, agencies, structures and bureaus.

The transition period has to be clearly-defined and be given a specific end date. The commission proposes that the transition period not exceed 31 December 2020.

It is also mentioned in the proposal that results gained during the period of talks have to be included in regulations, as noted in the commission’s report and joint report. It is emphasized that work on all matters associated with the exit, including ones not touched upon during the first stage. This includes overall supervision of the exit agreement and other important matters, such as goods released to the market before UK’s exit from EU.

Future activities with European Council’s approved guidelines will be discussed by the General Affairs Council in January 2018.

On 8 December 2017, European Commission declared that enough progress was reached in the first stage of talks with the United Kingdom. On 15 December, leaders of 27 EU member states confirmed that enough progress was reached in regards to citizens’ rights, Ireland and financial matters, and decided to submit proposals for the second stage of talks. This matches with the European Parliament’s 13 December resolution.

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