A draft resolution, due to be tabled later today in the European Parliament, as been leaked. The draft motion for a resolution is supported by Guy Verhofstad (ALDE), Manfred Weber (PPE), Gianni Pitella (S&D), Philippe Lamberts & Ska Keller (Green/EFA), and Danuta Hübner (Chair of the Constitutional Affairs Committee). See the full resolution at the bottom of the page, or click here.
The resolution specifically references trade in a number of areas.
Firstly, it notes that continued membership of the Single Market, EEA or Customs Union would have been the “optimal solution” for both the UK and the EU-27:
I. Whereas nevertheless a continued membership by the UK of the Single Market, the European Economic Area and, or the Custom Union would have been the optimal solution for both the UK and the EU-27; whereas this is not possible as long as the UK government maintains its objections to the four freedoms and the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union, refuses to make a general contribution to the EU budget and wants to conduct its own trade policy;
This section highlights the problem that Theresa May has in seeking special access to the Customs Union, which also wishing to restrict freedom of movement.
Under General Principles for the Negotiations, the resolution makes it clear the UK should not begin formal negotiations with third countries until after withdrawal. It also seeks to exclude the UK from decisions on EU legislation that would affect it once the UK withdraws:
6. Recalls that in this respect it would be contrary to EU law for the United Kingdom to begin, in advance of its withdrawal, negotiations on possible trade agreements with third countries; stresses that such an action would be in contradiction with the principle of sincere cooperation laid down in Article 4(3) TEU and should have consequences among which the UK’s exclusion from the procedures for trade negotiations laid out in Article 218 TFEU; emphasizes that the same must apply in other policy areas where the United Kingdom would continue shaping EU legislation, actions, strategies or common policies in a way that favours its own interests as a departing Member State, rather than the interests of the EU and of its Member States;
Again, the resolution seeks to bar the UK from any Customs Union access without certain conditions. Such conditions would be politically difficult for Theresa May to meet:
10. Reaffirms that membership of the Single Market and the Customs Union comprises acceptance of the four freedoms, jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, general budgetary contributions and adherence to the EU’ s common trade policy;
Finally, the resolution lays out the foundations for any UK-EU agreement:
24. Stresses that any future agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom is conditional on the United Kingdom’s continued adherence to the standards provided by the Union’s legislation and polices, in among others the fields of environment, climate change, the fight against tax evasion and avoidance, fair competition, trade and social policy;
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