Unless the British Government requests an extension of the transition period, negotiations between the EU and the UK on their future partnership should reach an agreement by 31 December 2020 if both sides are to avoid a no-deal brexit.
In order to weigh in on the negotiations, the Government of Flanders has identified its priorities for the future partnership.
Flanders consistently pleads for a trade-friendly brexit and for a comprehensive trade agreement. This agreement must allow cooperation in other areas, such as fisheries, transport, energy, environment, safety, research and education. Maintaining a level playing field and fair financial contributions is indispensable in this respect.
However, the outcome of the negotiations must not undermine the value of full EU membership. Difference between an EU member state and a non-EU member state must remain.
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