Britain must have say on European Union laws during Brexit transition period: minister

Philip Hammond and Iain Duncan Smith

The warning came as European affairs ministers adopted - in a matter of minutes - new orders for the bloc's Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, laying out the terms of the transition, which would run from the end of March 2019 until December 31, 2020, when the bloc's current long-term budget ends.

The negotiations are expected to start again in Brussels when European ministers confirm their instructions to colleague Michel Barnier on Monday. This will allow the Government to take stock of the end of phase one of the UK/EU negotiations on Withdrawal and the commencement of the second stage on Implementation (which will be part of the withdrawal) and the Future Relationship. Here are the key hurdles that could upset the next two stages in negotiations.

Ms McEntee went on from the foreign ministers' meeting to Serbia and Montenegro to help build Irish relationships with both countries, which are candidate members of the EU.

After reaching a Brexit Interim Agreement late previous year, the 27 EU Member States negotiated a set of transition conditions that will largely maintain the status quo until December 2020, although the United Kingdom will not have the right to comment.

After checking with an aide, Mr Trump said he expected one non-State visit - probably in July after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels - followed by a State visit in October.

Officials said that the request to extend the period will be kept secret to avoid infuriating hardliners who want us to get out of the bloc sooner. "It's very, very important".

The pointed announcement that the discussion only took two minutes appears created to show the EU's unity - compared to that of the British government, which has faced criticism from its own backbenchers over plans for the transition period and which has yet to agree what sort of trade deal it wants.


The report also called on the government to review the possibility of creating a special transition period arrangement for the country's participation the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), separate from the wider Brexit process.

But Mr Barnier said today that the negotiating directives will be "under review" at all times and they can "update them as necessary".

Theresa May asked the European Union for a transition period of "around two years" in her Florence speech in autumn 2017, but the EU's offer is very much at the lower end of this envelope. The UK sees this move as an extension of the already agreed date for an end to the free movement, and the start of the new registration for European Union citizens in the UK.

On its side, Britain is preparing to present details of its expectations after leaving the bloc in March 2019. It however left room for "appropriate adaptation".

Speaking in Middlesbrough, northeast England, where the Leave vote was 66 percent, Davis is setting out the case for a status quo transition in which the "current terms" of EU membership of the single market and customs union are extended.

On that score, Mr Barnier said, ministers agreed that would be possible as long as any such agreements did not come into force without the EU's permission. "Our intention is to mimic the breadth of our current arrangements, from goods to agriculture to financial services, meaning that every business, small or large, will be able to go on trading with the European Union as it does today until it's time to make any changes necessary for the future partnership", the letter said.

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