Factbox: Where the EU has made concessions in Brexit talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – While a few of Prime Minister Theresa May’s critics have denounced her draft Brexit take care of the European Union as betrayal of Britain’s pursuits, the European Union has additionally given floor within the unprecedented negotiations.

FILE PHOTO: EU and British flags fly exterior the European Commission constructing in London, Britain August 12, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Several of the 27 member states that may stay within the EU after Brexit are uneasy that some concessions provided to Britain could also be going too far. Here are examples:


The EU has lengthy objected to permitting the entire of the United Kingdom to stay in a customs union with the bloc below the withdrawal settlement, saying it risked prejudging the 2 sides’ future commerce relations in what’s formally only a divorce deal.

Britain sought the all-UK possibility to forestall a return to in depth border checks on the island of Ireland. The EU had proposed to maintain the British province of Northern Ireland – however not the remainder of the UK – within the EU’s orbit. This was unacceptable to London, sinking a tentative deal in mid-October.

Brussels has now agreed to an all-UK customs association. But it could additionally impose extra EU guidelines on Britain, a lot to the annoyance of Brexiteers. This association would be the fall-back possibility pending the end result of negotiations on an EU-British commerce deal which have but to start.

States equivalent to France and Germany say the extra level-playing subject circumstances don’t go far sufficient in stopping Britain from providing merchandise on the EU market at a cheaper price by undercutting requirements that apply to member states.


The EU initially needed its high court docket, the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (ECJ), to be the chief policeman of the divorce deal. For Britain, nevertheless, escaping the court docket’s jurisdiction was a chief goal.

In the top, the draft withdrawal settlement creates a fancy matrix of mechanisms for arbitration and dispute settlement during which the ECJ has a giant say however shouldn’t be all-powerful.

“The ECJ’s role will be restricted to the interpretation of EU law and will not be a forum for resolving disputes. The arbitration panel will decide the case based on all the facts before it,” a spokesperson for the UK government mentioned.


The EU needed to roll over the present system of mutual entry to fishing waters after Brexit. But that always means EU boats fishing within the wealthy UK waters and London has sought unique management of them.

The draft settlement leaves the matter open for extra talks. France has led criticism amongst EU states that this association doesn’t shield the bloc’s pursuits sufficient.


To make sure the rights of greater than 4 million Britons residing within the EU and Europeans residing within the UK, the bloc’s place to begin was to maintain all their privileges unchanged.

But ending the automated proper of EU residents to stay in Britain – which many individuals within the UK felt put an excessive amount of pressure on the labour market and public providers like colleges and hospitals – has been one other high precedence for London.

The European Parliament, which should log out on the Brexit deal, is dismayed that EU residents could now have to pay to verify their residence in Britain.

EU residents would additionally danger dropping their standing in the event that they left Britain for greater than 5 years, amongst different examples of how their present rights will probably be restricted.


The EU had needed a particular sum to be agreed for Britain to pay the bloc to cowl its excellent obligations, however ultimately the edges agreed on a joint methodology to calculate that later.

Despite the EU searching for to part out numerous member states’ rebates, the UK would maintain its “mother of all rebates” throughout the post-Brexit transition interval.


The EU has yielded little on this, refusing to increase “passporting” rights that presently enable Britain’s big monetary sector to promote providers to purchasers anyplace within the bloc.

The EU sees agreeing future entry to its monetary markets as its chief leverage within the negotiations on the broad new relationship with Britain. “At the moment, the Brits get absolutely nothing,” one nationwide diplomat mentioned.

Britain will transfer to the EU’s equivalence system after Brexit below which the bloc permits international monetary companies entry case by case.

The EU is, nevertheless, committing to attempt to conclude its equivalence assessments earlier than July 2020, or earlier than Britain leaves a transition after Brexit day in March 2019, a gesture in direction of London’s huge monetary providers business.

Additional reporting by Huw Jones, Andrius Sytas, Editing by David Stamp

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