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With Brexit begins a new chapter of EU UK mutual relations

With Brexit begins a new chapter of EU UK mutual relations

31.1.2020 | Vyhlásenia a stanoviská ministerstva

Today, 31st January 2020, after demanding negotiations, the will of the citizens of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, taken in the referendum in 2016, shall be fulfilled. Slovakia respects this decision. United Kingdom´s 47-year membership in the European Union ends. Over this period all UK´s governments could fully shape and form existing architecture of the European Union.


Thanks to the efforts of both parties, the European Union and the British government, the United Kingdom will leave in a controlled manner on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement, which represents the legal framework and defines the settlement of past commitments. The Government of the Slovak Republic will closely monitor the practical implementation of the provisions relating to the rights of Slovak citizens living in the United Kingdom, as well as overseeing the correct implementation of the provisions by the Slovak authorities in relation to UK citizens living in the Slovak Republic.


Following the day of the actual withdrawal the transition period that runs until 31.12.2020 commences. During this period, nothing fundamentally changes in relation to citizens and entrepreneurs, while it also provides a space to prepare for the changes that will take place from 1 January 2021, when the United Kingdom will no longer be subject to the customs union rules and the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital. In this context, the Slovak Government recommends to its citizens who intend to continue to live, work or study in the United Kingdom to register in time for the EU settlement scheme, which guarantees their right of residence. Citizens of Slovakia will find more information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic.


At the same time, a new chapter in the relationship begins. The United Kingdom remains in our geopolitical space of common values. It will remain an important economic and trading partner to us. The Government of the Slovak Republic supports this partnership to be as ambitious as possible and at the same time balanced in terms of rights and obligations. It will be qualitatively different since no other form of cooperation between the EU and a third country can fully replace all rights and obligations arising from EU membership.


During the transitional period, Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Chief Negotiator, will negotiate on behalf of the EU a new EU Association Agreement with the United Kingdom. The time available for negotiations is extremely short, and failure to reach a new agreement will increase the risk of trade relations under World Trade Organization rules, bringing a number of barriers - financial, physical and administrative - compared to current trade in goods and services in the Single Market.


The Slovak Republic will continue to support the preservation of the unity of the 27 EU Member States, which during the previous negotiations proved to be beneficial for the protection of the interests of the Member States while confirming the sharing of common European values.