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    European Council Brexit negotiation guidelines, just adopted in full, unanimously by the EU27: consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/eu…

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    1. "Reiterates wish to have UK as close partner... excludes SM sector-by-sector approach"... so a No to PMs "elements of single market"

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    2. EU27: "No separate negotiations between individual Member States" on Brexit

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    3. Phased approach 1: legal certainty citizens, finances
    "Main purpose of negotiations to ensure orderly withdrawal, minimise disruption".

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    4. EU Council 27 will determine when "sufficient progress" on citizens, exit bill for next phase - ie for framework discussions on trade

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    5. "An agreement on future relationship between EU & UK can only be finalised/ concluded once UK becomes a third country"-ie not by Mar 2019

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    -- this is what PM acknowledged in interview with me in Jordan. It means final deal requires unanimous A218 process news.sky.com/story/no-signe…

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    ... ie there is more room for veto from any EU nation, its parliaments, and even regional parliaments for future deal than A50 process

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    ... also in context of the election timing - it suggests that the future deal would actually never have been signed off before May 2020...

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    6. But once "sufficient progress" made "preliminary & prep" discussions will happen on "overall understanding of framework" post Brexit

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    7. So transition highly likely to be necessary to bridge between "framework" agreed under A50, and future deal agreed/ratified under A218

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    8. And in any transition period, full ECJ jurisdiction, budgets, commission oversight etc required. Could this all now last until GE 2022?

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    ... to make this v. clear - would mean in Single Market, in Customs Union, under ECJ, during Transition period. No representation...

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    ... going to guess (no precedent) that we would be able to negotiate but not finalise third party trade deals, perhaps tweak FoM??

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    9. Citizens rights "first priority for the negotiations" - safeguarding rights "on date of withdrawal" ie Mar 29 2019 -NOT A50 or 23/6 date

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    ... some Brexiteers had suggested only offering residence rights etc to those in UK on 23/6 or on A50 date - straight refusal on that...

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    10. All EU Law rights guaranteed for anyone until then, including permanent residence - means anyone here from Mar 29 2014 guaranteed

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    ..might read that reference to say that any EU citizen who exercises Freedom of Movement between now and Mar 29 2019, will get right to stay

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    ... some implicit criticism on the Home Office 85 page Permanent Residence form in the ref to "smooth and simple" administrative procedures

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    11. Divorce Settlement - no figure. "MFF" means Budget payments until end 2020 - apparently we have 55m in European Cen Bank capital!

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    ... liabilities include pensions of EU staff, MEPs etc... contingent liabilities include some nuclear waste in Oxfordshire!

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    12. Reference to Ireland doesnt include that GFA unity clause explicitly - apparently will be considered in June: no hard border etc

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    13. EU trade deals (ie Korea) "will no longer cover" UK.. PM told me cd "continue"..also shd "honour share" other commitments (Turkey deal?)

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    14. European Medicines Agency, Banking agency etc will leave UK - but the reference in earlier draft that UK will pay for it, watered down

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    15. "Level playing field" for EU-UK in future trade deal re tax, regulations etc . Deep & Special partnership means no tax haven:

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    16. some reference here to Cooperation with City of London, as long as it "respects EU regulatory regime & standards" - inserted by French

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    17. Gibraltar reference stays. Spain will have additional veto on future trade deal on its application to Gibraltar:

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    18. "Sincere Cooperation" phrase was put in PM's Article 50 trigger letter too - basically dont undermine EU on trade deals etc on way out

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