Brexit Bulletin—UK and EU ‘far apart’ at latest meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee

Brexit Bulletin—UK and EU ‘far apart’ at latest meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee

UK and EU delegations met in Brussels for the third scheduled meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee on 28 September 2020. The Joint Committee took stock of discussions in the Specialised Committees and assessed progress on implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, agreeing to accelerate its work. While the EU took the opportunity to restate their request to withdraw the contentious parts set out in the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill, the UK made clear that those measures would go ahead. With the UK and EU positions remaining ‘far part’, there is an ‘urgent need to move into higher gear’.

What happens next?

The Joint Committee will meet again by mid-October, with the Specialised Committee on the Northern Ireland called to meet in early October ‘at the latest’.

Meanwhile, the UK Internal Market Bill continues its fast-tracked passage in Parliament and is scheduled for Report Stage in the House of Commons on 29 September 2020. For Bill Tracker updates on this legislation, see: LNB News 10/09/2020 3.

For further details, see: LNB News 28/09/2020 94.

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