Draft Text Of The Agreement

The European Commission`s task force on future EU-UK relations after Brexit has drawn up a draft text for a “partnership agreement” which it sent to Member States and the European Parliament and the UK on Friday 12 March. This reflects the EU`s position on how the agreement should be designed and what it should contain. This draft is separate from the withdrawal agreement, but it confirms it, it cites international law as a reference point for interpretation, and while the proposed position was originally that the relationship should be settled by a single trade agreement, in accordance with Articles 217 and 218, paragraph 3, of the Treaty on the Functioning of the Union, this draft states that “if the Union and the United Kingdom conclude other bilateral agreements between them. These agreements complement these agreements. With regard to the competence in terms of the concepts or provisions of EU law contained in the agreement or in a complementary agreement, this draft states that they must be interpreted in their application and implementation in accordance with the general methods and principles of EU law and in accordance with the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice. There is no explicit statement that the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice applies. However, the possibility for British courts to apply for a preliminary decision remains open (art. LPFS.2.6) in a section entitled “Title III: Level Playing Field and Sustainability.” There is a second detailed section on the economy and trade, a section on a security partnership, a section on participation in programmes, financial management and EU provisions, and a section on institutional and horizontal provisions. There are also parts that still need to be agreed and completed in this project, which are flagged as “substitutable” or bracketed. The UK should give its response, although there is a delay due to the COVID 19 pandemic being processed (the round of negotiations in London was postponed this week).