Brexit Bulletin, 6 April 2020

Apr 03, 2020

 

The first meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee set up to implement the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement was held at the end of March via video conference. The UK was represented by Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, while the EU was represented by the European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic. In the discussion, both parties agreed on the importance for the UK to set out its plans over the coming months with regard to the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

EU-UK Joint Committee meet on implementing the Brexit divorce agreement

The first meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee set up to implement the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement was held at the end of March via video conference. The UK was represented by Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, while the EU was represented by the European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic.  In the discussion, both parties agreed on the importance for the UK to set out its plans over the coming months with regard to the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. The European Commission also said that there is an urgent need for the UK to present a detailed timetable on how it will prepare for customs formalities for goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Additionally, both sides have decided to launch the work of the six Specialised Committees on the key areas for the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement. The six Specialised Committees will cover:

  • Citizens’ Rights
  • Other Separation Provisions
  • Ireland/Northern Ireland
  • Gibraltar
  • Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus
  • Financial Provisions

The detailed legal obligations of both parties are clearly set out in the Withdrawal Agreement, which entered into force on 1 February 2020. The Withdrawal Agreement requires that the Joint Committee meets at least once a year and must issue an annual report. They will now work closely to prepare the next meeting of the Joint Committee, currently foreseen for June. More information on the Joint Committee can be found in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee - Fact Sheet.

 

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