UPDATE : Barnier statement following the July 2018 General Affairs Council (Article 50) – here – note his reference to agrifoods (the UK proposal for EU alignment only relates to goods checked at the border, this leaves aspects such as GMOs and pesticides to diverge, as I pointed out below)
Following the Chequers Statement, that has been widely published in UK media, the UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) has today (12th July) issued the long awaited UK White Paper setting out the UK proposals for the UK-EU Trade Deal (the Future Relationship).
The Chequers Statement is here.
The UK issued White Paper is here.
Please read these in the context of the EU issued Brexit Preparedness Notices (I have posted about these before) here.
A few points to note in the UK issued White Paper :
(1) Paragraph 30 – the UK seeks participation in the ECHA, EMA and EASA. Re the ECHA, the UK seeks to ensure UK businesses could continue to register substances directly with the ECHA, rather than working through an EU-based representative.
(2) Paragraph 36 – the UK will tailor its food policy (including food labelling) locally.
UK-EU negotiations will re-commence with the EU on Monday.
The UK will bring forward it’s separate White Paper on the EU (Withdrawal and Implementation) Bill shortly. This Bill will give effect to the UK-EU Withdrawal Treaty. Prior to publication by the UK of this Future Relationship White Paper, EU had confirmed 80% of the UK-EU Withdrawal Treaty had been agreed.
The UK Trade Bill and Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bills return for their Third Reading next week.