EU ambassadors on Monday approved a provisional application of the future deal on EU-UK relations, paving the way for a swift implementation of the deal on January 1.
“The EU ambassadors have unanimously approved the provisional application of the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement from 1 January 2021”, spokesperson for the German Presidency of the Council of the United Kingdom. ‘EU tweeted.
While the green light from the ambassadors is an important step, official approval is expected on Tuesday, December 29, as some countries, such as Sweden, have yet to consult their national parliaments. The presidency spokesperson said that the final adoption of the text would be through a “written procedure”, which means that countries send a note of approval to the EU Council. The deadline for this is Dec. 29 at 3 p.m., according to the spokesperson.
Brussels and London concluded the trade deal between the UK and the EU on December 24. The European Commission presented the treaty as an exclusively European agreement with limited provisional application until February 28, 2020. This means that the EU can provisionally implement the agreement with the approval of EU countries but without the agreement of the European Parliament. MPs said they would review the deal early next year.
The British parliament was convened again on December 30 to ratify the deal, which is very likely to pass.
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