UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — On Friday, Presidents of the European Commission and the President of the European Council signed the secession agreement with the United Kingdom, which will be transmitted to the Parliament of the Union with a view to ratification before January 29, in order to complete a series of measures ending the troubled relationship.
“We, (the President of the European Council) Charles Michel and I, have just signed an agreement to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union, which paves the way for ratification by the European Parliament,” Commission Chair Ursula von der Lyen tweeted.
The official pictures of the signing ceremonies, held early at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, showed France’s chief European negotiator, Michel Barnier, as he followed the procedures.
The agreement will be sent to London for signature by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after which it will be returned to Brussels and a copy of it will remain in London. The final version will be kept in the European Union archives, along with other international treaties.
The agreement will be presented to the European Parliament on Thursday, January 29th for approval. On the following day, diplomats from member states of the European bloc are to be approved in writing, ensuring a systematic exit for Britain from the union Friday, January 31 at 23:00 GMT, after more than three years of arduous negotiations and intense discussions. In Britain.
“Things will inevitably change, but our friendship will remain. We open a new chapter as partners and allies,” Charles Michel tweeted. “I look forward to writing this page together,” he added in French.
The United Kingdom and the European Union should start in early February negotiations on a new relationship that would include a free trade agreement. Michel Barnier, who supervised the Brexit Agreement, will be charged with leading the talks on the European side.
Diplomatic sources said he would be given a mandate at the end of February, according to diplomatic sources.
As the first indication of the upcoming change, Josep Borrell, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, announced the appointment of Portugal’s Joao Valle de Almeida as the first European ambassador to the United Kingdom. He will start his duties on February 1.
On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II gave her official approval to end a 47-year relationship. This was done the day after the agreement was approved by the British Parliament.
– “The doors will stay open.”
The European Parliament will be the last body to give its say in particular. On Thursday evening, members of the Constitutional Affairs Committee demanded a majority of 23 votes to 3, for approval during the plenary session next Thursday.
“The choice between Brexit is orderly and cruel,” declared the person charged with the file before the Parliamentary Committee, Guy Verhofstadt.
The former Belgian Prime Minister praised the British MPs, saying, “We will miss their knowledge, activity and spirit, but our doors will remain open to them.”
After the exit of the United Kingdom, the “liberal Reno Europe” bloc will lose 17 members, the Greens 11 members and the Socialists 10.
“Brexit is no longer expressing the will of the British people for a long time,” said British Labor MP Richard Corbett, one of three European deputies who voted against demanding the European Parliament vote on the agreement. He confirmed that he would vote again on January 29 against the exit.
The exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union will be accompanied by the start of a transitional phase that will continue until the end of 2020. The United Kingdom will continue to implement the rules of the Union during this period, without participating in the decisions.
This measure aims to facilitate the exit process, especially as this period will allow the two parties to negotiate their future relationship. But this period is seen as insufficient for such negotiations.
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