Brexit Bulletin—Joint Committee confirms Withdrawal Agreement to be fully operational on 1 January 2021

Brexit Bulletin—Joint Committee confirms Withdrawal Agreement to be fully operational on 1 January 2021

In the fifth ordinary meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee, held in Brussels and by videoconference on 17 December 2020, a number of formal decisions and unilateral declarations were endorsed to ensure that the Withdrawal Agreement is fully operational on 1 January 2021. The Joint Committee additionally agreed to publish the second Joint Report on the implementation of residence rights drawn up by the Specialised Committee on Citizens' Rights and finalise the list of members of an arbitration panel established under the Withdrawal Agreement dispute settlement mechanism before the end of the transition period. Committed to ‘continued constructive engagement’ and ‘paying full attention’ to the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement in the upcoming year, UK and EU delegations will meet ‘at least quarterly’ during 2021.

What happens next?

The Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee will meet ‘at least quarterly’ during 2021, with co-chairs committed to ‘continued constructive engagement’ and ‘paying full attention’ to the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement in the upcoming year.

The Committee has also endorsed the second joint report of the UK-EU Specialised Committee on Citizens’ Rights, which is due for publication. The first report was published in October and is due to be updated at least every three months until the end of 2021. For details, see: LNB News 29/10/2020 27.

Sources:

• GOV.UK—17 December Meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee

• GOV.UK—Meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee on 17 December 2020

• European Commission—Press statement by Vice-President Šefčovič following the fifth ordinary meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee

• European Commission—Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement to be fully operational on 1 January 2021

• European Commission—Questions & Answers: Joint Committee formally adopts a set of implementation measures related to the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement

For further detail, see: LNB News 17/12/2020 166.

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