EU “cherry-picking”

Donald Tusk today released details of Draft Guidelines which define the approach to be used by EU negotiators in forthcoming talks about the future relationship between the UK and the EU after Brexit.

A copy of the Draft Guidelines is mentioned in an article on the Poltico web-site

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The guidelines appear to include their own red-lines

there can be no cherry-picking through participation based on a sector-by-sector approach

followed by their own “cherry picking”

“existing reciprocal access to fishing waters and resources should be maintained”

It rejects the UK request for the UK to contribute to EU Agencies

“excludes participation of the United Kingdom as a third-country to EU Institutions, agencies or bodies”

and re-iterates the role of the ECJ

“The role of the Court of Justice of the European Union will also be fully respected.”

The guidelines also outline the desire to work toward a FTA with the UK

“The European Council confirms its readiness to initiate work towards a free trade agreement (FTA), to be finalised and concluded once the UK is no longer a Member State”

“With trade in goods subject to zero tariffs, trade in services, with the aim of allowing market access to provide services under host state rule, include ambitious provisions on movement of natural persons as well as a framework for the recognition of professional qualifications and protection of intellectual property rights, including geographical indications.”

There is also mention of the need for an agreement related to the aviation sector

“regarding aviation, the aim should be to ensure connectivity between the UK and the EU after the UK withdrawal. This would require an air transport agreement, combined with an aviation safety agreement, while ensuring a strong level playing field in a highly competitive sector”

The document has been released to the EU 27 for furhter discussion and revision before leaders of the remaining 27 EU states approve the plans at a summit in Brussels on 22 March 2018.