The European Union countries’ ambassadors have validated the provisional application of the agreement concluded between London and Brussels after January 1. There remains the validation of the European Parliament.
As the transition period (when Britain and the European Union continued to trade in the same way as before Brexit) ends in December, representatives of EU countries have approved the application provisional agreement concluded between the two partners, which should begin in January.
This painfully negotiated agreement details the terms of the future commercial relationship between London and Brussels after leaving the single market. But even if an agreement between the two parties has been reached, the approval of MEPs remains necessary.
“The dialogue continues with the European Parliament: fruitful discussions this morning with the conference of group presidents,” wrote Michel Barnier, the European Brexit negotiator, on Twitter.
Despite the agreement of European representatives, member states’ governments still have to sign the agreement by Tuesday.
“The ambassadors unanimously approved the provisional application on 1 January 2021 of the trade and cooperation agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom,” tweeted a spokesperson for the German EU Presidency.
“Germany can accept the negotiated deal,” Ulrike Demmer, a spokesperson for Chancellor Angela Merkel, confirmed at a press conference.
As for the deputies, they are demanding a period extending until mid-February to have time to examine the agreement of nearly 1,200 pages, which is due to end in principle on February 28. When this is done, a plenary session should be organized to vote on the text.