The EU Commission has published a draft text of the Withdrawal Agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom).
The text is intended to translate into legal terms the Joint Report published on 8 December 2017 by the negotiators of the EU and UK Government on the progress achieved in phase one of the Brexit negotiations, and also includes proposed text for the outstanding withdrawal issues mentioned, but not set out in detail, in the Joint Report.
The draft Withdrawal Agreement includes sections on:
- introductory provisions;
- citizens' rights;
- other separation issues such as goods placed on the market before the withdrawal date;
- the financial settlement;
- transitional arrangements; and
- institutional provisions.
It also sets out a protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, which operationalises the backstop solution set out in the Joint Report, which applies in the absence of other agreed solutions.
The text will be transmitted to the EU Council (Article 50) and the EU Parliament's Brexit Steering Group for discussion. The EU Commission intends to allow time for an exchange of views before the draft text is formally sent to the UK for negotiation.