The Political Declaration states that the EU-UK agreement on the future relationship is essentially an economic and security partnership. In line with the Political Declaration, the 27 EU Member States agreed on 25 February 2020 on the negotiating mandate of the European Commission, which negotiates on behalf of the Member States the future relationship between the EU and the UK. On this basis, Michel Barnier, the EU`s chief negotiator, presented in mid-March a draft comprehensive agreement on the new partnership with Britain, to which other elements have been added. This and other texts are available on the website of the Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom. The EU wants to maintain a close partnership with the UK. We believe that it is possible to reach a fruitful agreement on the basis of the political declaration. However, it is important that we prepare for all possible outcomes of the negotiations. This includes preparing for an agreement. Note: Even if you are a national of one of the EU Member States or another state with which the EU has concluded a residence agreement, EU rules grant you the right to obtain documents under the Withdrawal Agreement, as set out below. However, it pays off and usually not advantageous for you. Since March, the EU and the UK have been pursuing regular rounds of negotiations, despite the difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU conducts its negotiations on the basis of the mutually agreed political declaration. However, significant differences are not yet resolved in some areas.

These differences concern, in particular, fair competition, horizontal management of agreements and fisheries. EU and UK negotiators Michel Barnier and David Frost and their teams have stepped up their negotiations. The clock is ticking, because an agreement must be reached soon to have time to ratify it by the European Parliament.

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