Policy paper

Our approach to the Future Relationship with the EU

The UK’s approach to negotiations with the European Union.

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The Future Relationship with the EU

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These documents set out our approach to our future relationship with the European Union.

“The Future Relationship with the EU” document lays out a suite of proposals for our negotiations with the EU. The draft legal texts are the legal articulation of this approach and have formed the basis of discussions with the EU.

The main element of our approach is the comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, or FTA, covering substantially all trade. We have also proposed a separate agreement on fisheries that will take back control of our waters, as is our right as an independent coastal state; an agreement on law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters to help protect the public and bring criminals to justice; and agreements in technical areas covering aviation, energy and civil nuclear cooperation which will help ensure continuity for the UK on its new footing as an independent sovereign nation.

We are seeking the type of agreement which the EU has already concluded in recent years with Canada and other friendly countries. Our proposal draws on previous EU agreements such as the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, the EU/Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and the EU/South Korea Free Trade Agreement. And it is consistent with the Political Declaration agreed last October, in which both sides set the aim of concluding a ‘zero tariffs, zero quotas’ Free Trade Agreement.

Our approach is based on friendly cooperation between sovereign equals. Our offer represents our clear and unwavering view that the UK will always have control of its own laws, political life and rules. Both parties will respect each other’s legal autonomy and the right to manage our own borders, immigration policy and taxes.

We believe that our approach and proposals are fair and reasonable. This government is committed to establishing the future relationship in ways that benefit the whole of the UK and strengthen the Union.

Published 27 February 2020
Last updated 19 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated with David Frost's Letter to Michel Barnier 19.05.20

  2. Added 12 PDF documents for legal text.

  3. First published.