Speaking at the publication by the General Affairs Council of the 27 EU Member States position on a transition period for the UK following Brexit, Noelle O’Connell, Executive Director of European Movement Ireland, welcomed the clarity for businesses and for people across the EU – both UK citizens living in other EU countries and EU citizens living in the UK.
“We now know that very little will change until after the end of the transition period: all EU rules will continue to apply in the UK and will be supervised by the European Courts, including freedom to live and work in other member states. Confirmation that the transition period will end on 31 December 2020 will allow businesses to plan and prepare properly for Brexit.
“From an Irish point of view, today’s announcement reiterates the unique circumstances and specific nature of issues caused by Brexit to the island of Ireland and that these will continue to be negotiated as a distinct strand in Phase 2 of the negotiations.
“Although, we are clear on what the EU negotiators will be looking for, there is no doubt that the next phase of the negotiations will be extremely complex and challenging.”
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- Earlier today the Council, meeting in EU27 format, adopted supplementing negotiating directives for the Brexit negotiations, which detail the EU27 position regarding a transition period. These negotiating directives provide the Commission, as the EU negotiator, with a mandate to start discussions with the United Kingdom on this matter. The full text of the directive is available at http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/01/29/brexit-council-article-50-adopts-negotiating-directives-on-the-transition-period/