Brussels, April 22nd (EFE). – The European Parliament (EP) plenary session will vote to ratify the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom next Tuesday, April 27, after four months of scrutiny of the text was approved on Christmas Eve between London and Brussels negotiators.
The 705 members of the European Parliament will discuss this issue on Tuesday morning and then vote on the Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the United Kingdom, which has been provisionally implemented from January 1, as well as a non-legislative decision on the matter.
Parliamentary sources said that the results of the vote will be announced on Tuesday afternoon, the 27-year-old.
Parliamentary committees responsible for the agreement – those on international trade and foreign affairs – have already given their approval to the text and recommended its ratification last Thursday, but the plenary session as a whole is expected to set a date for giving final approval to the cabinet. Camera.
Although the agreement was sealed on Christmas Eve 2020, the European Parliament at the time did not want a speedy review of the text (as did the United Kingdom) and argued that it needed time to do so, a procedure recognized by the treaty community.
For this reason, the agreement has not been fully ratified and as of 1 January 2021 (the first day with the UK completely separate from the European Union) it has been provisionally implemented.
However, this temporary period ends at the end of this month after a two-month extension, and if Parliament does not ratify the text before that date, the relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union will automatically be subject to the basic conditions of the World Trade Organization, much less favorable than what was agreed upon between the two countries after Months of negotiations. EFE
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