Brexit: EU Commission begins negotiations with the United Kingdom on transitional arrangements

EU27 ministers this week adopted a new set of negotiating directives for the Brexit negotiations, which details the EU27 position regarding a transition period. According to the EU position, during the transition period the whole of the EU acquis will continue to apply to the UK as if it were a member state. However, the UK, as already a third country, will no longer participate in the institutions and the decision-making of the EU. These negotiating directives provide the Commission with a mandate, as the EU negotiator, to start discussions with the UK on this matter.

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