European Parliament seeks deep association agreement with UK

BRUSSELS The European Parliament Wednesday adopted a resolution providing initial input to the upcoming negotiations with the British government on a new EU UK partnership after the Brexit transition period of 11 months.

The text was adopted by 543 votes to 39, with 69 abstentions.

According to the resolution, the Parliament wants the association agreement with the UK to be as deep as possible, based on three main pillars: an economic partnership, a foreign affairs partnership and specific sectoral issues.

However, a non EU country cannot enjoy the same rights as an EU member state, it noted. The UK left the EU on 31 January.

Meanwhile, in a separate resolution the European Parliament today gave its consent to the free trade agreement with Vietnam by 401 votes, 192 votes against and 40 abstentions.

The “most modern, comprehensive and ambitious agreement ever concluded between the EU and a developing country” will contribute to setting high standards in the region, and could lead to a future region to region trade and investment agreement, said the European Parliament.

The agreement will remove virtually all customs duties between the two parties over the next ten years, including on Europe?’s main export products to Vietnam: machinery, cars, and chemicals.

Source: Kuwait News Agency