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European Parliament recommends EU and UK to define relations in an association agreement

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDuring a plenary meeting, the European Parliament approved a resolution that proposes possible regulations for relation between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Brexit, as BNN was told by EP Information Office in Latvia.

Considering the red lines set by the British government, an association agreement would be the best possible guarantee for future relations between the EU and this country, as mentioned in the resolution approved on Wednesday, 14 March with 544 votes in favour, 110 against and 51 MEPs abstaining. Future relations would be based on four pillars: trade and economic relations; internal security; cooperation in foreign and security policy; thematic cooperation in different fields, such as research.

MEPs insist on the association agreement including a coordinated management framework and stable dispute-settling mechanism.

The resolution developed by European Parliament’s Brexit coordination group mentions that the EU has binding rules, joint institutions and joint monitoring and judicial mechanisms. Because of that, third countries have no way to access the market and use the advantages open to EU member states.

MEPs also add that any regulations that govern relations have to comply with the Single Market’s integrity, customs union and its four freedoms, as well as secure compliance with EU legislation. Regulations have to preserve the independent decision-making procedure and legal order and respect the authority of the EU Court.

MEPs welcome the legislative draft approved by the European Commission on 28 February, and voiced support for the proposed transition rules. The resolution also emphasizes that it is particularly important to ensure equal and fair treatment of EU citizens residing in the UK and vice versa.

The resolution also details the parliament’s position for the EU leaders meeting, which is scheduled to take place in Brussels on 22nd and 23rd March. It is expected that during this meeting EU leaders will approve European Council’s main guidelines for talks with the United Kingdom. The agreement in regards to the exit from the EU and establishment of future relations is only possible with permission from the European Parliament.

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