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Background: The three additional explanations for the Brexit

Three additional declarations to convince the British members of Parliament, the controversial Brexit-agreement to accept. An Overview of the additional representations has the Prime Minister May with the EU.

"Instrument" to exit the contract: With the four-page document, a letter from the EU is poured-President of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Council President Donald Tusk in January in a legal Form. It is stressed that both sides "want," the controversial catch-all solution for the prevention of border controls, the "Backstop", between the British province of Northern Ireland and the EU member Ireland at all.

the aim is, therefore, an agreement with the "alternative arrangements", which replaces this solution. Of the technical solutions, in order to replace border controls. For the negotiations, a detailed timetable should be drawn up. "At any time" may be called by each side "high level conferences", if from their point of view, the talks are faltering. From the point of view of the EU, the document does not change the exit contract, but the "legally binding character".

"Common opinion" the future of relations: Outside of the exit agreement with the EU last year, in a political Declaration of intent that you are aiming for in the future, with the UK a close partnership and a comprehensive "free trade area" for Goods without customs wants to create. Within this agreement, ultimately, the border issue in Northern Ireland is to be solved.

In a "joint opinion" to emphasize both sides now, once again, that you want to "work quickly" and "the common ambition" to conclude the agreement on the future of relations up to the end of the transitional phase, in the UK in the EU single market and the customs Union. The transition phase typically ends the end of 2020, at British request, it can be extended once until the end of 2022, if the negotiations take longer.

Unilateral Declaration by: The British government wants to be a "unilateral Declaration" of the time limit, the catch-all solution to Northern Ireland under the walls, should this phase of Transition is necessary. You should make it clear that the UK would not be prevented from doing so, from the catch-all solution out, if negotiations with the EU lead to nothing.

From the point of view of the EU. the document merely "political value" and not a legal one, like a Diplomat says Because as far as the EU was not able to go into your Commitments to change, without the exit contract. Such explanations, however, are also not uncommon. So it is about lifting the EU reform Treaty of Lisbon, a series of unilateral declarations by the EU member States, the specific points of view.

source: AFP

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