“The representatives of the EU27 Member States yesterday adopted the negotiating directives for the transition period after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. They do not contain any surprises but are in line with the constitutional framework within which the Commission and the Council are acting.
The EU27 have formally proposed that there will be a “transition period” until 31 December 2020, which is (not coincidentally) the last day of the EU’s seven-year budget cycle. During this period the UK shall remain bound by the entirety of EU law (including changes enacted during this time) and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. It shall effectively be part of the single market and customs union, and free movement of people will continue. The UK shall not generally be represented in the EU’s institutions, bodies or agencies (except where “necessary and in the interest of the Union”), and shall no longer have UK Members sitting in the European Parliament. Continue Reading