TopicBrexit: UK's blueprint for future EU relations to be published

  • Thu 12th Jul 2018 - 7:48am

    A long-awaited blueprint for the UK's relations with the EU will be published later, with ministers vowing to deliver a "practical and principled" Brexit.

    The "comprehensive vision" for future trade and co-operation is aimed at ensuring global trade deals and no hard border in Northern Ireland.

    Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said it would respect the result of the 2016 Brexit vote and address business needs.

    The EU's chief negotiator has insisted the proposals must be workable.

    The UK is set to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, more than two and half years after the public voted by a margin of 51.9% to 48.1% for Brexit, in a referendum.

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    The two sides are negotiating outstanding issues related to its departure as well as the outline of their future relationship once a proposed transition period comes to an end, on 31 December 2020.

    Both are aiming for an agreement by October, to allow enough time for the UK and European parliaments to vote on what is decided.

    The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK initiative needed to be compatible with EU guidelines and not create extra costs and red tape.

    He said: "We will look carefully at each and any proposal of UK, but these proposals must be workable.

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