Brexit - Update

Delegations will find below proposed lines to take for communication on and around 31 January 2020.

The Commission UKTF's new webpages will go live on 1 February.

In the meantime, further material on the Withdrawal Agreement can be found in the following explainers:
Questions and Answers on the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020
The revised EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement explained (slides)

Proposed LTTs - UK withdrawal on 31 January 2020

• We deeply regret to see the United Kingdom leave the Union. Today is a moment of sadness, but also the start of a new chapter in our relationship. We respect the United Kingdom's decision and will remain the closest of partners.
• Thanks to the efforts of both sides, the agreement which enters into force tonight provides for an orderly withdrawal. We will be attentive to its implementation, particularly with respect to the rights of citizens and Ireland/Northern Ireland.
• The transition period that starts tomorrow means that, at least until the end of the year, there will be no changes in practice for citizens and businesses on both sides of the Channel. These months will allow them to plan and prepare, as things will become different once the transition is over. Meanwhile, together with the UK we will strive to make the best use of this time to agree an ambitious new partnership, and lay strong and lasting foundations for this new chapter in our relationship.
• As we move on towards the future and beyond Brexit, we can say with confidence that the past three years have reinforced how much we value what we share within the Union, what unites us now at 27.
• We thank our tireless chief negotiator Michel Barnier and his team; they have our full support for the task ahead in the months to come.

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