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