The EU Member States authorised the opening of negotiations for a new partnership agreement with the UK and formally nominated the Commission as the EU’s negotiator. The negotiations will be led by Michel Barnier.
The aim of the EU in its negotiation mandate is to achieve an ambitious economic partnership with the UK. The mandate emphasises that the partnership should be underpinned by robust commitments to ensure a level playing field for open and fair competition, which will be one of the contentious points in the negotiations. The aim is to establish a free trade agreement with zero tariffs and quotas to trade in goods, as well cooperation on customs and regulatory aspects.
The UK government has likewise released its mandate for the negotiations. Its main aim is a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement covering substantially all trade. It wants to achieve similar provisions as past EU free trade agreements, such as Canada and Japan. The first formal meeting between the EU and the UK negotiators is expected to take place in early March. EBI will be engaging with the EU’s negotiation team to provide input from the European recreational boating sector.
The European Council adopted the decision to extend Brexit until 31 January. For the duration of the extension, the UK remains a full member of the EU. Prior to this, the two sides had concluded a new withdrawal agreement. This was however not approved by the UK House of Commons and the European Parliament. Should this be ratified before the end of January, the withdrawal would take place earlier. An election will also take place in the UK on 12 December, which will influence the next developments and also the negotiations for the future relationship between the EU and the UK.
EBI is monitoring the developments and urges members to take careful note of the Brexit preparedness notices provided by the European Commission. These include in particular:
For a full overview of the Brexit preparedness notices from the European Commission, please click here. The UK Government likewise published guidance for the recreational craft regulations in case of a no-deal Brexit here. General Brexit guidance from the UK government can be found here.
While the negotiations between the United Kingdom and European Union are ongoing, the preparations are likewise continuing on both sides. Under the current state-of-play, the United Kingdom will leave the EU without a deal on 31 October unless there are further developments.
EBI urges its members to take careful note of the Brexit preparedness notices provided by the European Commission for the sector.
These include in particular: