Draft on future UK-EU relationship agreed

This morning (22 November 2018), Donald Tusk tweeted that the draft Political Declaration on the Future Relationship between EU and UK has been agreed at negotiators level and in principle at political level.

I have just sent to EU27 a draft Political Declaration on the Future Relationship between EU and UK. The Commission President has informed me that it has been agreed at negotiators’ level and agreed in principle at political level, subject to the endorsement of the Leaders.

This was later followed with the following statement by Theresa May, outside number 10 Downing Street, who will also make a statement to MPs at 15:00 GMT in the House of Commons.

Throughout these difficult and complex negotiations with the European Union I have had one goal in mind: to honour the vote of the British people and deliver a good Brexit deal. Last week we achieved a decisive breakthrough when we agreed with the European Commission the terms for our smooth and orderly exit from the EU. Alongside that withdrawal agreement we published an outline political declaration setting out the framework for our future relationship.

Last night in Brussels, I had a good, detailed discussion with President Juncker in which I set out what was needed in that political declaration to deliver for the United Kingdom.

We tasked our negotiating teams to continue working overnight and as a result, the text of that declaration has been agreed between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

I have just updated the Cabinet on progress and I will be making a statement to the House of Commons later this afternoon.

This is the right deal for the UK.

It delivers on the vote of the referendum. It brings back control of our borders, our money and our laws. And it does so while protecting jobs, protecting our security and protecting the integrity of the United Kingdom. The agreement we’ve reached is between the UK and the European Commission – it is now up to the 27 leaders of the other EU member states to examine this agreement in the days leading up to the special EU Council meeting on Sunday.

I will be speaking to my counterparts over that time, including meeting Chancellor Kurz of Austria here in Downing Street later today.

Last night I spoke to the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and I am confident that on Sunday we will be able to agree a deal that delivers for the whole UK family, including Gibraltar.

On Saturday I will return to Brussels for further meetings with President Juncker where we will discuss how to bring this process to a conclusion in the interest of all our people.

The British people want this to be settled. They want a good deal that sets us on course for a brighter future. That deal is within our grasp and I am determined to deliver it.

Later, Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted a copy of the letter he had sent to Donald Tusk

Dear Mr President,

On 29th March 2017, Prime Minister May wrote to you notifying the European Council in accordance with Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union of the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the European Union.

On 14 November, I sent you the text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement, for which the Government of the United Kingdom had signalled its approval. On that basis, the Commission recommended to the European Council (Article 50) to find that decisive progress had been made in the negotiations on the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, allowing the negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement to be cocluded and the next step of the process to be initiated.

It follows from Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, that the agreement with the United Kingdom setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal shall take account of the framework for its future relationship with the European Union.

You will find attached a draft Political Declaration setting out the Framework for the Future Relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom. It has been agreed at negotiators’ level and agreed in principle at political level, subject to the endorsement of the Leaders. I also attach the agreed text of Article 132 of the draft Withdrawal Agreement, which was left open in the draft I sent you on the 14 November.

I look forward to our coninued good cooperation on this matter.

Yours sincerely,

2 Enclosures

– Draft Political Declaration setting out the Framework for the Future Relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom, agreed at negotiators’ level and agreed in principle at political level, subject to the endorsement of the Leaders; and

– Article 132 of the draft Withdrawal Agreement.