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Parliamentary questions
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15 January 2020
Answer given by President von der Leyen
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003048/2019

Union law, including provisions in respect of workers’ rights, will cease applying in the United Kingdom as of the end of the transition period provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement with the United Kingdom (or as of the withdrawal date if the United Kingdom were to leave the Union without ratifying that agreement). However, under the Withdrawal Agreement, EU citizens residing lawfully in the United Kingdom before the end of the transition period and who continue to reside there would have a right to reside in the United Kingdom, to work there under the same conditions as United Kingdom nationals and would be covered by EU social security coordination rules.

The revised political declaration of October 2019, setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom, expresses the Parties’ ambition to a future relationship ensuring a level playing field for open and fair competition, which includes small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The Parties agreed that robust commitments will be necessary to prevent distortions of trade and unfair competitive advantages. They also agreed that they should uphold, inter alia, the common high standards that are applicable in the Union and the United Kingdom at the end of the transition period in different areas, notably including that of social and employment standards.

Last updated: 16 January 2020Legal notice