Brexit round-up – 07/08/20
7th August, 2020
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Further addendum to terms of reference for negotiations published
The Government has published a new addendum to the terms of reference for the negotiations on the future UK-EU relationship. The terms of reference were agreed on 28 February 2020 between the UK and EU negotiators and they set out the structure of the negotiations and a provisional timetable for the first five rounds. After the fifth full round, which was held from 20 to 23 July 2020, the parties indicated that, while some progress was made, substantial areas of disagreement remained. The new addendum takes into account the current state of negotiations and establishes the following process in order to “create the most conducive conditions for concluding and ratifying a deal before the end of 2020.” Negotiating rounds will take place in the weeks commencing 17 August and 7 September 2020, unless agreed otherwise. Negotiating groups will meet in full rounds, specialised sessions, and more restricted formats. Subject to constraints required by national health recommendations, negotiating groups will meet physically, alternately in Brussels and London. In addition, the chief negotiators from both sides and their teams will meet as necessary in a more restricted format. Specialised sessions may also work under their authority on issues of particular difficulty in the negotiations to ensure that parallel progress is achieved across all workstreams. Meetings of the chief negotiators and specialised sessions (as necessary) are scheduled to take place in the weeks commencing 24 August, 31 August, 14 and 21 September 2020.
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