David McAllister: On EU-UK relations
I welcome the entry into force of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on 1 May 2021. This Agreement, together with the Withdrawal Agreement and its Protocols, provides the framework for our relations with the UK. Both Agreements must be fully and effectively implemented and their governance structures made operational.
The two Agreements allow for the EU to have as close as possible a partnership with the UK, while recognising that a third state cannot enjoy the same benefits as a member. The relationship must be based on a balance of rights and obligations at all times. Our relations with the UK should remain mutually beneficial and can under no circumstances undermine the integrity of the Single Market, the Customs Union or the EU’s decision-making autonomy.
The European Commission should now continue its efforts to ensure full implementation of the Agreements, including in the areas of EU citizens’ rights, fisheries and level playing field, making full use of the instruments under the Agreements.