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Framework for the UK-EU economic partnership

The Government published a document that explains the UK Government’s vision for the future UK-EU Economic Partnership.


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

We have set out a proposal for delivering our ambition for the future economic partnership, through the institutional structure, the governance arrangements and provisions to ensure fair and open competition.

Taken together, our proposed approach would make the most of our unprecedented situation, and this unique opportunity to lead global thinking on free trade.

We only have a short amount of time to negotiate a partnership that benefits both the UK and the EU. Building on the agreed topics published jointly on 4 May, we should agree next steps on the process, taking into account the time available.

Technical note on security, law enforcement and criminal justice

This technical note is part of a series of papers produced by the UK negotiating team for discussion with the EU, it provides analysis of the existing precedents for cooperation between the EU and third countries in the area of security, law enforcement and criminal justice before setting out the UK’s proposals for a new internal security treaty with the EU for future cooperation across these areas.


It is unlikely that the wide range of threats we face together will diminish; they will inevitably evolve and could well increase in intensity. Over the past year we have seen a series of deadly terrorist attacks in the UK and across Europe. Other plots have been foiled but more will be at the planning stage. The fact that the UK is leaving the
EU is unlikely to significantly affect the scale of movements of people between us: 37.6 million EEA and Swiss nationals entered the UK in 2016. Over 3 million EU nationals live in the UK and over 1 million UK nationals live in other Member States.

The UK’s analysis indicates that there will be a serious drop off in our ability to cooperate to tackle internal security threats if we do not seek to move beyond existing precedents for EU cooperation with third countries on individual measures. That shortfall would affect law enforcement agencies and judicial authorities in the UK and the EU27, and would have a direct impact on their ability to bring criminals to justice – and by extension, on public safety.

The UK believes there is a compelling case for developing a future relationship that protects critical operational capabilities and keeps our citizens safe. Our analysis suggests that this outcome would be delivered most effectively by a new, comprehensive Internal Security Treaty that draws on legal precedents for strategic relationships between the EU and third countries in other areas of the acquis and enables cooperation to be sustained on the basis of existing EU measures where this delivers mutual operational benefits. This would be the most efficient way to protect the capabilities that protect our citizens, avoid downgrading the quality and quantity of cooperation between us, and ensure our relationship can evolve over time as threats and technology change.

Technical note on the UK’s participation in Galileo

This technical note is part of a series of papers produced by the UK negotiating team for discussion with the EU, itsets out the UK’s position on participation in the Galileo programme.


  • The UK wants to continue participating in Galileo. This is in the mutual interests of the UK and EU, benefitting European competitiveness, security, capability development and interoperability. An end to close UK participation will be to the detriment of Europe’s prosperity and security and could result in delays and additional costs to the programme.
  • Future UK participation in Galileo should be agreed as part of the future security partnership between the UK and the EU. The UK and EU must work through issues relating to access to security-related elements of the programme in the framework of negotiations on the security partnership.
  • These negotiations should not be preempted or prejudged by actions that restrict UK participation.
  • If agreement cannot be reached on the future balance of rights and obligations, and UK security and industrial requirements consequently cannot be met, the UK could not justify future participation in Galileo. In parallel, the UK is therefore exploring alternatives to fulfil its needs for secure and resilient position, navigation and timing information, including the option for a domestic satellite system.

Framework for the UK-EU Partnership Science, Research and Innovation

The UK Government published a presentation on a framework for the future UK-EU Science, Research and Innovation partnership which will be used in discussions with the EU.


The UK strongly supports the key principles that underpin EU science and innovation, of scientific excellence, openness to the world and European added value.

The Science and Innovation Pact should be a core part of the UK-EU future partnership. It should:

  • provide for close cooperaAon reflecting the trust and transparency between the UK and EU
  • reflect our shared aims, ambitions and values
  • include access to future EU science, research and innovation programmes
  • agree a high level of mutual ambition
  • be dynamic, adaptable and mutually beneficial

Framework for the UK-EU partnership Data protection

The Government published a document that focuses on the UK’s proposals for the free flow of personal data between the UK and the EU after Brexit which will be used in discussions with the EU.


The UK is committed to a deep and special relationship with EU partners, in Europe and globally, to promote the free flow of data, underpinned by high data protection standards.

We seek a new agreement on data protection, that builds on a standard adequacy decision. Such a pragmatic approach would reflect our close shared interests and unique relationship, to the benefit of both the EU and UK.

A legally-binding agreement would:

  • provide strong privacy protecFons for UK and EU citizens whose data flows between the UK and EU
  • underpin our continued partnership, notably on economic issues and security
  • provide greater certainty for consumers, businesses, law enforcement and other public authorities
  • improve joined-up regulatory enforcement of data protection standards