Background Briefing: European Parliament Draft Resolution


Today, the European Parliament published its draft resolution on the future UK-EU relationship, which will be debated in the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg next week. The draft text can be found here

The draft text underlines the European Parliament’s view that:

  1. The UK will no longer enjoy the same EU benefits as an EU member or an EEA country
  2. Leaving the Single Market means that the UK will lose passporting for financial services
  3. Being outside of the Customs Union will involve the imposition of customs checks and, potentially, tariffs
  4. The UK’s negotiating position will only allow for a Free Trade Agreement
  5. The UK will no longer participate in decision-making on EU foreign policy
  6. The UK will not be allowed to cherry-pick any aspects of the future relationship
  7. On security, an alternative to the European Arrest Warrant will be required
  8. A deal on air safety will be required which will necessitate alignment with EU rules
  9. Any agreement on fisheries would be conditional on EU access to UK waters
  10. Any participation in EU agencies, will require an adherence to EU rules


Open Britain’s assessment:

  • These guidelines serve to underline that the Government is pursuing a policy that it knows will damage the economy and jobs and result in less money for the NHS and public services.
  • The guidelines are the direct consequence of the Government’s unnecessary and reckless decision to take membership of the Single Market and the Customs Union off the table. The ‘cherry-picking’ approach being pursued by the Government is, and always was, a fantasy.
  • The European Parliament and the Council imply that a Canada-style free trade agreement is the only option left thanks to the Government’s red lines. Yet the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have said that a free trade deal like the one the EU has with Canada will damage our economy.
  • As Theresa May finally acknowledged last Friday at Her Mansion House, and as the Government’s own analysis shows, UK-EU trade will suffer as a result of the hard Brexit that her Government is pursuing.
  • On the Irish border, it is clear that 21 months after the referendum the Government still has no credible solution – leaving the Single Market and Customs Union means there will be a hard border.
  • Participation in EU agencies will require an adherence to EU rules, seeing the UK move from being a rule-maker to a rule-taker.
  • It is clear that the Brexit that was promised is not the one that is being delivered. Everyone is entitled to keep an open mind about whether Brexit is the right path for the country.