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Brexit: What Theresa May's White Paper must do

16 May 2018
Andrew Duff (President of the Spinelli Group and Visiting Fellow at the European Policy Centre. Member of the European Parliament 1999-2014)



The Article 50 secession treaty must be accompanied by a Political Declaration outlining the framework for the future relationship between the UK and EU. Drafting the Political Declaration is now an urgent necessity. The UK has one chance - preferably in its just announced White Paper and before the June European Council - to contribute to its drafting. Mrs May’s efforts to offer a serious prospectus for the future have been unconvincing, lacking detail especially on governance.

There are essentially three parts to the future relationship: economic partnership; security partnership; and governance. All three can only be accommodated inside an association agreement. The essence of the association agreement is a rules-based market orientated deal - not the customs union. Governance of the association agreement must be by dynamic joint EU-UK institutions.

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