This week’s UK-EU negotiations take place in London with level playing-field, fisheries and the role of the European Court of Justice still the main sticking points. With the Transition Period set to end on 31 st December, both the UK Government and the EU have published updates on their readiness.
Followng the live webinar on Friday 10th July for members that were not able to follow the live broadcast members are now able to watch the webinar thorough the following link : | https://zoom.us/rec/play/tJIpfruurT83G9zDtASDC6B5W9Xvff-shHdI-aFexE-wUXILYVvzYrYSY7RTS7ji3Ld_SUO_055teUMq?autoplay=true&startTime=1594368850000
This edition examines how the negotiations on the future trading relationship with the EU are progressing and also provides a summary update of other trade negotiations underway with non-EU countries. A timeline of key dates over the next year is also provided encompassing all major trade negotiations underway.
Following on from our briefing note of last week, AIC has received an update from Defra on trade issues as a result of the AIC’s membership of the Expert Trade Advisory Group (ETAG) for the Agri-Food Chain. This further note gives additional detail on some key areas of trade policy.
AIC this week submitted its response to the UK Government consultation on establishing an import tariff structure to apply from 1 January 2021. The response followed consultation with the main sector committees.
With the UK and EU now having both published their negotiating mandates AIC has taken a first preliminary look at the content – to see where the commonality, and the differences, lie in the sections most relevant to our sectors.
The Department for International Trade has today launched a short, one month, consultation on the UK’s trade tariff policy which would apply from the end of the transition period, ie. From 1 st January 2021.
As we enter the next stage of Brexit, the UK and EU are finalizing negotiating mandates for the FTA process. Whilst at this stage it is to be expected there will be differing views expressed, particularly in public, there do appear to be some fundamental differences in approach which could be stumbling blocks towards reaching a deal in the time available.
With the European Parliament having given their view, all of the procedural requirements for the UK leaving the EU have been completed ahead of tomorrow’s deadline. The one remaining question is – what happens next? | From Saturday 1 st February (technically 23.01 on 31 st Jan!) the UK enters the formal transition period as per the withdrawal agreement. Therefore until 31 st December 2020 the UK will continue to operate to EU rules. As such there are going to be very few, if any, discernable differences in how we trade with the EU, import or export. Procedures will therefore remain unchanged.
Over the weekend there were a number of press reports on the UK Government position regarding the intention to cease regulatory alignment with the EU from the end of the transition period, 31 st December 2020.
The Government has, as promised, published a draft Agriculture Bill which started its Parliamentary journey on 16 th January, with the intention that it receives the Royal Assent during the first half of the year. A copy of the Bill is attached for information.
With a Queen’s speech set for 19 th December and the return of the EU Withdrawal Bill to the Commons before Christmas, the new Government is taking every step to ensure domestic legislation is in place well ahead of the January 31 st deadline. This would also give the European Parliament the time to give its view which, we must remember, is also part of the exit process from an EU perspective.