The withdrawal agreement also contains provisions for the United Kingdom to leave the Convention setting the status of European schools, with the United Kingdom bound by the Convention and accompanying regulations on accredited European schools until the end of the last academic year of the transition period, i.e. at the end of the spring semester 2020-2021.  Since March, the EU and the UNITED Kingdom have continued regular negotiations, despite the difficulties associated with the COVID 19 pandemic. The EU is conducting its negotiations on the basis of the mutually agreed political declaration. However, significant differences have not yet been resolved in some areas. These differences include fair competition, horizontal management of each agreement and fisheries. EU and UK negotiators Michel Barnier and David Frost and their teams have recently stepped up their negotiations. The clock is ticking, because an agreement must be reached quickly to have time for ratification by the European Parliament. On 9 July 2020, the European Commission published a “custody communication” to prepare for the end of the transition period between the EU and the UK. To support this approach, the European Commission is reviewing the more than 90 sectoral stakeholder preparedness notifications published during the Article 50 negotiations with the UK. These updates (availability warnings) in certain areas (for example.
(B) tariffs, including rules of preference for origin, data protection, industrial products, chemicals, services, seconded workers, etc.) aimed at helping citizens, businesses and governments prepare for inevitable changes that will occur after the end of the transition period, regardless of the outcome of negotiations on future relations. For more information, see: The EU wants to continue to forge a close partnership with the UK. We believe that it is possible to reach a fruitful agreement on the basis of the political declaration. However, it is important that we prepare for all possible outcomes of the negotiations. This includes preparing not to reach an agreement. The UK has launched the formal process of withdrawal negotiations by formally announcing the European Council`s intention to leave the EU. Ministers say legislation is needed to prevent “damaging” tariffs on goods travelling from the rest of the UK to Northern Ireland if negotiations with the EU for a free trade agreement fail. On 19 October, a statement was also made to Parliament that a political agreement had been reached. The political declaration provides that the EU-UK agreement on future relations will essentially be an economic and security partnership.
In accordance with the political declaration, the 27 EU Member States agreed on 25 February 2020 on the negotiating mandate of the European Commission, which is negotiating on behalf of the Member States on future relations between the EU and the UNITED Kingdom. On this basis, the EU`s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, presented in mid-March a draft comprehensive agreement on the new partnership with the UK, to which other elements were added.