Over the summer, the Government have published a series of papers setting out key issues that form part of the Government’s vision for the future deep and special partnership between the UK and the EU.
Each paper reflects the engagement the Government have sought from external parties with expertise in these policy areas, drawing on the very extensive work undertaken across Government since last year’s referendum. Taken together, these papers are an essential step towards building a new partnership to promote our shared interests and values.
These future partnership papers published to date are:
Future customs arrangements (15 August);
Providing a cross-border civil judicial co-operation framework (22 August);
Enforcement and dispute resolution (23 August); and
The exchange and protection of personal data (24 August).
Today we are publishing the next paper in this series: Collaboration on science and innovation.
Since the start of summer recess, the Government have also published position papers in advance of formal negotiation rounds with the EU, and technical notes to support the negotiations.
The position papers are:
Northern Ireland and Ireland (16 August);
Confidentiality and access to documents (21 August); and
Continuity in the availability of goods for the EU and the UK (21 August).
The technical notes are:
Spent fuel and radioactive waste (28 August);
Existing contracts for the supply of nuclear material (28 August);
Functionality and Protocol 7 (28 August); and
The comparison of EU-UK positions on citizens’ rights (joint technical note) (first published 20 July; updated 31 August).
Copies of all these papers, and any further position and future partnership papers, will be deposited in the Libraries of both Houses.