European Council Approves Mandate For Future EU-UK Relationship

Author:Herbert Smith Freehills
Profession:Herbert Smith Freehills

Today, the European Council authorised the opening of the negotiations and negotiating directives on the future relationship with the UK. The latter sets out the mandate for the future negotiations for the European Commission in its role as Union negotiator and covers all areas to be covered in the negotiations (including, amongst other things: trade and economic cooperation, law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, foreign policy, security and defence, and thematic areas of cooperation).

The mandate reaffirms the EU's commitment to establishing anambitious, wide-ranging and balanced economic partnership...underpinned by robust commitments ensuring a level playing field for open and fair competition. The EU's chief negotiator (Michel Barnier) has also underlined that the EUwill be stressing a fair and balanced partnership with a robust framework of governance as outlined in the...

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