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Parliamentary questions
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20 February 2019
Answer given by Mr Oettinger on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005331/2018

The United Kingdom (UK) submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that unless a ratified withdrawal agreement(1) establishes another date or the period is extended by the European Council in accordance with Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union, all Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the UK from 30 March 2019. The UK will then become a third country(2).

The Commission has not taken specific measures in respect of one-off actions (‘actions ponctuelles’) under Article 58(2)(d) of the Financial Regulation(3) due to the UK withdrawal from the EU, nor has it issued guidelines in respect of cases involving the UK.

The draft Withdrawal Agreement, endorsed by the EU-27 leaders on 25 November 2018, if ratified, would guarantee the UK's participation in EU programmes and activities committed under the current Multiannual Financial Framework (2014-2020) until their closure.

The Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Regulation(4) on 30 January 2019 which, if adopted by the Council after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament, would allow — in the case of withdrawal without an agreement in place — the continued eligibility in 2019 of the UK and persons or entities established in the UK to receive EU funds, within the limits and under the conditions of that regulation. In particular, the UK would need to continue contributing to the 2019 EU budget and accept controls and audit.

(1)On 25 November 2018, EU-27 leaders endorsed the draft withdrawal agreement and approved the draft political declaration on future EU-UK relations. On 5 December 2018, the Commission adopted two proposals for Council decisions on the signature and conclusion of the withdrawal agreement (COM(2018) 833 and COM(2018)834).
(2)A third country is a country not member of the EU.
(3)Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 July 2018 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union.
(4)Proposal for a Council Regulation on measures concerning the implementation and financing of the general budget of the Union in 2019 in relation to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union, COM(2019)64 final.

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