EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement—quick guide
EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement—quick guide

The following Public Law practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement—quick guide
  • Key documentation
  • Drafts
  • Provisional versions
  • Final versions
  • EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA)
  • EU-UK Security of Information Agreement (SIA)
  • EU-UK Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (NCA)
  • EU-UK Joint declarations
  • Exclusions and outstanding matters
  • More...

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement—quick guide

On 24 December 2020, the European Commission and UK government announced an agreement in principle on the legal terms of the future UK-EU relationship. Provisionally applicable from 1 January 2021, and fully in force from 1 May 2021, the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) includes terms on trade in goods and services, economic and social co-operation, law enforcement and security co-operation, as well as overarching governance provisions.

The TCA is supplemented by a number of associated declarations and agreements including an Agreement on Security Procedures for Exchanging and Protecting Classified Information (SIA), plus a separate Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (NCA). It also contains a number of placeholders and commitments in respect of further agreements to follow.

Announced just one week before the end of the Brexit transition period at 11 pm on 31 December 2020 (IP completion day), the agreement came at the eleventh hour, leaving little time to put in place the necessary legal and practical arrangements to make the deal fully operational before the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020.

UK and EU leaders quickly endorsed the agreement, which was signed on 30 December 2020 and then approved by the UK Parliament. However, the deal will not fully enter into force until ratified in the European Parliament in 2021. In the circumstances, the UK and

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