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EU-UK future relations: Parliament to set out its position for upcoming talks 

Parliament will debate on Tuesday and vote on Wednesday on a resolution setting out MEPs’ stance on an ambitious new EU-UK partnership.

Based on the European Commission’s draft negotiating directives, which were presented by EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday 3 February, the resolution will provide the Parliament’s initial input to the upcoming negotiations with the British government on a new partnership after Brexit.

The negotiating directives are the frame that sets out the purpose, scope and objectives for the talks. They also need to be signed off by EU27 member states representatives in the Council.

Any final future agreement will need the approval of the European Parliament as a whole before it can enter into force. A dedicated group will be set up in Parliament to follow closely the negotiations led by the Commission and to coordinate Parliament’s input throughout the process.

The Council is expected to adopt its guidelines and endorse the Commission’s negotiating directives on 25 February, allowing for the first round of talks to start at the beginning of March.

Background

The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January. The time-limited transition period, which was agreed as part of the Withdrawal Agreement, started on 1 February and ends on 31 December this year.

Council and Commission statements by State Secretary Brnjac for the Council and Commission President Ursula von Der Leyen, accompanied by Michel Barnier (with resolution).

Debate: Tuesday, 11 February

Vote: Wednesday, 12 February