BREXIT DEALS. There could be up to 20 different Brexit deals between the UK and the EU that take years to be approved
BREXIT – There could be up to 20 different Brexit deals between the UK and the EU that take years to be approved. That was the image conjured by the European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt. He told MEPs last month that it would be sensible to have an overall treaty – an „Association Agreement” – instead of lots of separate side deals that might have to be approved individually by the European Parliament, Westminster and the parliaments of the 27 remaining member states.
This is how the EU manages its relationships with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, for example.
But is Mr Verhofstadt correct that multiple deals could emerge from the Brexit process?
EU leaders have signed off on a blueprint for the future relationship, which currently envisages at least four different agreements.
This is the centrepiece of the Brexit talks and settles the big issues around the divorce: the rights of EU nationals who wish to remain in the UK and UK citizens who wish to stay in the EU, along with Britain’s financial obligations, how to handle the Irish border and a lot of technicalities.
It has to be approved by EU leaders and the European Parliament but not national parliaments.
Free Trade Agreement
A deal that would ensure there would be no tariffs or quotas on trade between the UK and the EU, with co-operation in a host of areas, such as regulations and customs.
Air Services Agreement
A deal that would guarantee the continuation of flights between the UK and the EU, and ensure co-operation on safety and security.
Security of Information Agreement
This would allow the UK and the EU to share sensitive information, which would help law enforcement. But there’s more.
The UK has proposed a separate Security Treaty to underpin co-operation on crime and terrorism, and which would change as threats evolve.