Brexit Bulletin—Commission establishes new taskforce to oversee EU-UK relationship

Brexit Bulletin—Commission establishes new taskforce to oversee EU-UK relationship

The European Commission has established a new Service for the EU-UK Agreements (UKS) ‘to support the efficient and rigorous implementation and monitoring of the Agreements with the UK’, replacing the Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom (UKTF). Having fulfilled its ‘very successful mandate’ with the conclusion of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), the UKFT will cease to exist on 1 March 2021. The newly established UKS, whose instruction and term will be assessed on an ongoing basis, will then assume responsibility for future UK-EU relations. Forming part of the presidential services' Secretariat-General, the UKS will be in close co-operation with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ Vice-President of the Commission (HR/VP), Josep Borrell. Former head of the UKFT, Michel Barnier, will become Special Adviser to Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, as of 1 February 2021, while Commission Vice-President, Maroš Šefčovič, has been appointed as the Member of the Commission to co-chair and represent the EU in the Partnership Council, established by the TCA. Meanwhile, on the UK side, reassignments are also underway.

What’s next?

The UKS will be operational as of 1 March 2021—the day the UKFT ceases to exist—with its mandate and duration being reviewed ‘on a continuous basis’. ‘Closely’ cooperating with th

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Mikaela is a Paralegal in the Lexis®PSL Public Law team. She read law at King’s College London and obtained her LLM from University College London. With legal knowledge and experience in multiple jurisdictions and practice areas, and a special interest in international commercial law, Mikaela has comprehensive knowledge of the legal sector’s needs. 

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