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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the Progress made with regard to the withdrawal of the UK from the EU

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the Progress made with regard to the withdrawal of the UK from the EU

15.11.2018 | Vyhlásenia a stanoviská ministerstva |

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic welcomes the adoption of the draft agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union by the UK Government. This is the best possible scenario for both sides, their citizens and the entrepreneurial sector with business ties to British economic operators. We are grateful to both negotiating teams, especially to Michel Barnier, Chief Negotiator for the EU. This outcome evidences pragmatism and attests to mutual trust and respect. After a longer period of uncertainty, we now have a tangible and concrete result from the difficult and complex negotiations. Despite this positive development, it is still necessary to realize that the entire process is not over yet, and the draft agreement must still be adopted by the European Parliament and, especially, the British Parliament. We believe that the existing positive trend will continue and both parliaments will pass the draft agreement, thus avoiding a no-deal scenario for the UK withdrawal. The objective of the talks has been to minimize the possible negative impacts on both sides. The Slovak Republic has especially been interested in protecting the rights of our citizens living in the United Kingdom. These rights will remain protected after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU on 29 March 2019. It is also very positive that the agreement calls for a two-year transition period, during which the United Kingdom will remain part of the internal market and the customs union. This period might help alleviate negative impacts, and private citizens as well as the business sector will have an opportunity to prepare themselves for a fluent transition and adapt to new conditions vis-à-vis the mutual relations. We believe that on top of the withdrawal agreement we will also succeed in achieving a consensus regarding the framework of future relations and cooperation with the United Kingdom in a whole range of areas – trade, transportation, social affairs, as well as security, defense, foreign affairs, and last but not least education, science, research and culture.


 
The draft agreement can be found in its entirety here: Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, as agreed at negotiators' level on 14 November 2018