EUROPEAN COMMISSION PUBLISHES DRAFT ARTICLE 50 WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT

The European Commission has today published the draft Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK.  The draft Withdrawal Agreement translates into legal terms the European Commission’s view of the 8 December 2017 Joint Report from the negotiators of the EU and the UK Government on the progress achieved during phase 1 of the negotiations, published on 8 December 2017, and proposes text for those outstanding withdrawal issues which are mentioned in, but not set out in detail, in the Joint Report. It also integrates the text on the transition period, based on the supplementary negotiating directives adopted by the Council on 29 January 2018. The Commission has presented this draft now to first allow for time for consultation with the Member States and the European Parliament and, subsequently, for negotiation with the UK.

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