Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
What next for Brexit in 2018? - BBC News

So what is supposed to happen next?

First of all, the joint EU-UK report on "sufficient progress" needs to be turned into a legal text that will form the basis of a formal withdrawal agreement. And there are still plenty of details that remain unresolved.

Expect the debate about what "full alignment" at the Irish border really means to re-emerge at regular intervals.

At the end of January, formal negotiations are also due to begin on a transition period after Brexit.

The EU's position is that the transition has to take place under all existing rules and regulations (including budget payments, the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and the free movement of people), and that it should come to an end on 31 December 2020.

No-one in the UK seems entirely happy about the transition proposals. Many businesses say it won't be long enough for them to be ready for a new world after the UK leaves. On the other hand, many supporters of Brexit say the transition will leave the UK as a "vassal state" - following rules without any say in making them.


Anyone hoping for certainty should probably look away now.

by Bjinse on Mon Jan 1st, 2018 at 09:38:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Anyone hoping for certainty should probably look away now.

[No Shit, Sherlock!]
by Bernard on Tue Jan 2nd, 2018 at 08:31:43 AM EST
[ Parent ]


Top Diaries

Occasional Series