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The future relationship between the UK and the EU – White Paper

The long-awaited White Paper on the Future Relationship between the UK and the EU, has been published (12 July 2018). This follows on from the contents being agreed (unanimously) by the Cabinet at the recent meeting at Chequers. The document has more than 104 pages.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-future-relationship-between-the-united-kingdom-and-the-european-union

The newly appointed Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, is making a statement to the House of Commons about the Brexit White Paper. The statement was interrupted and the House of Commons suspended while MPs were given copies of the white paper. John Bercow, however, rejected a further request to suspend the sitting so that MPs could have time to read the White Paper.

(in case you don’t know who Domininc Raab is …)

https://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/Dominic-Raab/4007

Here’s the statement:

With your permission, Mr Speaker, I will make a statement about the UK’s future relationship with the European Union.

Let me start by paying tribute to my Right Honourable Friend the Member for Haltemprice and Howden, and his Herculean efforts along with my Honourable Friend the Member for Wycombe and the wider Dexeu team, to get us to this point in both the negotiations and the successful passage of the EU Withdrawal Bill. It is a striking achievement.

My Right Honourable Friend is a loss to Government, but I suspect, with the mildest apprehension, a considerable gain to this House.

Shortly, we will publish the Government’s White Paper on the UKs Future Relationship with the European Union. It is a new and detailed proposal for a principled, pragmatic and ambitious future partnership between the UK and the EU, in line with the policy agreed at Chequers last week.

I am placing a copy of the White Paper in the Libraries of both Houses, but let me briefly set out the key proposals. Mr Speaker, the Government is determined to build a new relationship that works for both the UK and the EU, one grounded in our shared history, but which looks to a bright and ambitious future. A relationship that delivers real and lasting benefit to both sides.

First, Mr Speaker the White Paper confirms that the UK will leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, forging a new way in the world – outside the Single Market, outside the Customs Union. It safeguards the constitutional and economic integrity of the UK. It reclaims the UK’s sovereignty. and it protects our economic interests, by minimising the risk of disruption to trade.

Framework for the UK-EU partnership: Company law

The UK Government has published a framework document that focuses on the UK’s proposals for a joint approach on company law (accounting and audit).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/framework-for-the-uk-eu-partnership-company-law-accounting-and-auditing

The role of company law in the economic partnership

UK and EU markets are deeply interconnected. Accounting and audit frameworks facilitate cross border listing of securities. And companies across borders rely extensively on accounting and audit services provided in other countries. This underpins strong markets and contributes to our joint economic prosperity.

Third country regimes for accounting and audit equivalence and adequacy exist in some
areas.

Existing third country regimes do not guarantee sufficient stability of coverage by the end of the Implementation Period. UK and EU companies and enforcers need early assurance that our accounting and audit standards will be equivalent, especially given our unique starting point and complete convergence on day one of exit.

They also do not provide sufficient stability that equivalence will continue to provided. Companies and enforcers would benefit from greater confidence that equivalence will not be withdrawn without undue notice.

Existing third country regimes do not cover all accounting and audit issues, notably corporate reporting and audit requirements, and audit firm registrations. We would be interested in exploring the mutual benefits of agreeing provisions on these issues.

Framework for the UK-EU partnership Civil judicial cooperation

The UK Government has published a framework document that explains the UK Government’s vision for the UK-EU partnership Civil judicial cooperation.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/framework-for-the-uk-eu-partnership-judicial-civil-cooperation

International civil judicial cooperation rules deliver legal certainty and protect the rights of citizens and businesses. The EU is party to a range of international agreements in this area, and the EU and its Member States, including the UK, have developed that cooperation further.

The UK and EU have each said they want an ambitious future partnership incorporating a close economic relationship and recognising the ties between our citizens. It is in the interests of UK and EU families, consumers and businesses to agree a framework for civil judicial cooperation reflecting the unique nature of that partnership, supporting not only trade but mobility.

The UK wants to build on existing precedents between the EU and third countries for close cooperation in civil judicial matters in establishing this framework. The EU has already signalled that it is willing to consider such deeper cooperation with the UK in family law.

A new, bespoke agreement across the full range of civil judicial cooperation should form part of wider UK-EU discussions on the framework for our future relationship.

Framework for the UK-EU Partnership: Transport

The UK Government published a framework document that explains the UK Government’s vision for Transport elements of the future UK-EU Partnership.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/framework-for-the-uk-eu-partnership-transport

This presentation sets out the UK’s objectives for the relationship on transport, and the principles that should guide our approach to securing an enduring solution in the interests of the UK and EU.

We seek a comprehensive agreement on air transport, providing continuity of services and opportunities, supporting growth and innovation in the future and an enduring solutuon that negates the need for permits, additional documents, and systematic document checks for all road users

Technical note on Data Protection

This technical note is part of a series of papers produced by the UK negotiating team for discussion with the EU, and sets out options for future UK-EU cooperation on Data Protection.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technical-note-on-data-protection

A legally-binding data protection agreement between the EU and the UK will bring a number of important benefits to the EU:

  • improved legal certainty, stability and transparency
  • better cooperation on enforcement and investigations for EU citizens
  • cost savings and more efficient processes for EU businesses
  • benefits to EU regulators, citizens and businesses from ICO’s resource and
    expertise.

These are benefits that a standard Adequacy Decision cannot provide. They deliver better outcomes for EU citizens exercising their rights. They reduce the costs for EU businesses. They lower the risks of interrupted data flows. They avoid duplication of effort and decreased cooperation between regulators.

An agreement will not affect the EU’s ability to change its own data protection legislation, nor the EU’s decision-making autonomy. The UK is not seeking decision-making power over future EU laws, has no intention to impede EU policymaking in data protection, and respects the fact that certain EU bodies are subject to CJEU jurisdiction.

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