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Progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal report published
In this second report of the overarching inquiry into the Article 50 negotiations, the Exiting the European Union Committee makes recommendations with regard to the Draft Withdrawal Agreement, a transition or implementation period and the future partnership with the EU.
- Read the report conclusions
- Read the full report: The progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal: December 2017 to March 2018
In this report, the Committee considers the current state of the negotiations, the intervening period before Brexit and the work to date on plans for Phase 2. The Committee says that is difficult to see how a Brexit deal covering everything can be negotiated in the time that remains and the Government should consider whether a limited extension to the Article 50 period is needed.
Citizens’ rights, the Northern Ireland border, a wide range of separation issues and the shape of the UK’s future economic relationship with the EU will dominate the months of negotiation between now and October 2018, the deadline set by the UK and the EU.
There has been little progress made on solving the problem of how to maintain an open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, with no checks and no infrastructure, if the UK leaves the Customs Union and the Single Market.
The Committee supports the Government’s rejection of the European Commission’s interpretation of its fall-back position of “full alignment” in the February draft Withdrawal Agreement. However, the UK Government has not explained what full alignment means and the report sets out a number of questions for ministers on this issue. As the government is unhappy with sections of the draft withdrawal agreement it should produce its own draft legal text.
The Government has proposed that EU citizens that arrive in the UK will have different rights to those that are living in the UK before the transition/implementation period. The Committee states that this is inconsistent with full acceptance of the acquis which is fundamental to the transition/implementation period.
If substantial aspects of the Future Partnership remain to be agreed in October 2018, the Government should seek a limited extension to the Article 50 time to ensure that an agreement on the Future EU-UK Partnership is sufficiently detailed and comprehensive. The Committee also recommends that the proposed transition/implementation period should be capable of being extended if this proves necessary.
The Chair of the Committee, Hilary Benn MP, said:
“We are now at a critical stage in the negotiations, with just seven months left to reach agreement on a whole host of highly complex issues. While the Committee welcomes the progress that has been made in some areas, the Government faces a huge task when the Phase 2 talks actually begin.
The Government must now come forward with credible, detailed proposals as to how it can operate a ‘frictionless border’ between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland because at the moment, the Committee is not persuaded that this can be done at the same time as the UK is leaving the single market and the customs union. We know of no international border, other than the internal borders of the EU, that operates without checks and physical infrastructure. This is deeply concerning.
In the past few days, David Davis has said he can ‘live with’ a transition period of under two years if it helps to secure an early deal. But even this time could prove to be too short to conclude a comprehensive agreement. Given the modelling we have seen, a ‘no deal’ scenario is a significant danger to the UK.
The Committee has been examining different types of trade and partnership agreements which the EU has entered into with third countries and we expect to present this work soon.
Achieving agreement on how to handle Brexit is far from easy as the debates in the Select Committee and in Parliament demonstrate. But in the end Parliament will determine what happens.”
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EU WITHDRAWAL NEGOTIATIONS FULL REPORT 18-Mar-2018
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With an avg. 1.2M voters per MEP & Britain with 16% of EU GDP and 13% of the EU’s population yet having only 8% (if united) say whilst holding less than 3% of the various offices within the EU Do note The EUropean Parliament has no ability to make policy and has a Commission of unelected bureaucrats, thus clearly the EU is not even a pretence of being a democracy!Do note that many senior apparatchicks and even elected politicians speak openly of the ‘Post Democratic era’ with no sense of shame or irony and in complete contempt of the so called electorate – yet The EU & many of its vassal States/Regions are all too willing to slaughter people in Sovereign States, to impose The EU’s chosen brand of democracy on them!Now as President Junker announced in his ‘State of the union’ speech 2017 the aim is to create an EU military force and centralise ever more of the decision making and control!
The imposition of a Government and policies upon its vassal regions such as the peoples of Greece shows just how far from being a democracy the EU is.
There will be little or no change in Britain’s economic position, when we leave the EU, using a better negotiated, customised & updated version of the ‘Norway Model’ as a stepping stone to becoming a full member of the Eropean Economic Area, where all will benefit, as we secure trade relations with the EU’s vassal regions, with an EFTA style status and can trade and negotiate independently on the global stage, as members of The Commonwealth and the Anglosphere.
Do not overlook the fact that politicians have plotted and schemmed since the 1950s and we have actually been vassals of the EU, when it was still using the aesopian linguistics and calling itself The Common Market in the early 1970s, a name the bureaucrats arbitrarily changed to EUropean Union in the early 1990s as they worked towards their long term goals of an ever closer centrally controlled Political and economic Union with its own anthem, currency, flag and rigid central control by its self appointed bureacrats towards a new Empirate –
It will take many years to rectify the mess our political class got us into and we have no other peacefull means by which to extricate ourselves than to depend on that self same self styled elite, who all too often forget they work for us!
One huge benefit of BreXit will be that we can negotiate with bodies like the WTO, UN, WHO, IMF, CODEX and the like, directly, in our own interest and that of our partners around the world, in both the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere at large; rather than having negotiations and terms imposed by unelected EU bureacrats and their interpretation of the rules handed down, as if they were some great achievement of the EU’s!The greatest change and benefit will be political, as we improve our democracy and self determination, with the ability to deselect and elect our own Government, with an improved Westminster structure, see >Harrogate Agenda<.
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