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The United Kingdom has published a 98-page white paper that outlines the country’s vision for the U.K.’s post-Brexit relations with the European Union.
The white paper envisions a future where the U.K. and EU would negotiate visa-free travel arrangements, establish intra-corporate transfer agreements and promote student mobility, and where the U.K. would maintain its open border with Ireland. Prime Minister Theresa May said in an introduction to the white paper that the government was working to fulfill the mandate of voters while still maintaining a strong relationship with EU member states.
“Our proposal is comprehensive,” she wrote. “It is ambitious. And it strikes the balance we need – between rights and obligations. It would ensure that we leave the EU, without leaving Europe.”
The white paper is split into sections on economic relations, security partnership, EU-U.K. cooperation and institutional arrangements. Among other key provisions on immigration, the document said:
BAL Analysis: The white paper is the U.K.’s most detailed indication to date of how the U.K. would like to shape its post-Brexit relations with the EU. Still, it is not clear how the politics will play out in the U.K., where May has come under sharp criticism from elements within her own party who favor a cleaner break with the EU, i.e., a “hard Brexit.” Nor is it clear how the EU will respond the U.K.’s proposals. Some of the proposals are still lacking in specifics, with the white paper saying “details of the UK’s future immigration system will be set out in due course.” BAL will continue following Brexit-related developments and will provide updates to clients as negotiations continue.
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