EC and UK publish statement reporting on Brexit negotiation progress
On 19 June 2018, the European Commission (EC) and the United Kingdom (UK) published a Joint Statement outlining the progress that has been achieved on the terms of the draft Withdrawal Agreement since the negotiation round that took place on 16-19 March 2018. The Joint Statement was presented with a view to the meeting of the European Council (Article 50) on 29 June 2018, under the caveat that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed in the Withdrawal Agreement.
Points 3 and 4 of the Joint Statement set out the issues on which agreement has been reached at negotiators' level, including for instance intellectual property, and Euratom issues. The Joint Statement also outlines the UK's engagement on the remaining separation issues, such as the protection of personal data and geographical indications.
Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Chief Negotiator for Brexit pointed out that serious divergences remain, however, on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and that a lot more work needs to be done before October. Mr. Barnier will present the state of play of the negotiations to the European Council (Article 50) on 28/29 June 2018, and to the European Parliament.
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