UK Government Sets Out Mandate For Future EU-UK Relationship

Author:Herbert Smith Freehills
Profession:Herbert Smith Freehills

Today, the UK Government presented to Parliament its mandate for the negotiations on the future relationship with the EU. The mandate states that the parameters for the future relationship are set out in the UK/EU Political Declaration agreed in October 2019 and that a Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement ("CFTA") should be at its core.

It is envisaged that: (a) any future CFTA agreed with the EU will be on the lines similar to the Canadian FTA ( CETA), the EU/Japan Economic Partnership Agreement or the EU/South Korea FTA; (b) the CFTA should be supplemented by a range of other international agreements (these would cover fisheries, law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, transport, and energy); and (c) if it is not possible to reach a satisfactory agreement with the EU, then the trading relationship between the UK and EU will be similar to that...

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