UPDATE : the draft negotiating directives are here.
UPDATE : the UK Prime Minister’s statement – here (it’s a Ministerial Statement).
The EUTF will present the draft negotiating directives for the future relationship negotiations with the UK in a press conference at 11am CET.
Watch live at this address: audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/ebs/live
I will update this post, online, (you won’t get a new Blog post, so diarise to check back online) with a link to these draft objectives when they are published. These will anyway be found on the EU’s new website (see my earlier Blog post this morning).
The ‘Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom’ (UKTF) was established on 16 November 2019, as part of the European Commission’s Secretariat-General.
It replaces the Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 TEU, which was created on 1 October 2016 to lead withdrawal negotiations.
Michel Barnier was reconfirmed as Head of the Task Force. The Deputy Head of the Task Force is Clara Martinez Alberola.
The Task Force coordinates all the Commission’s work on all strategic, operational, legal and financial issues related to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, in full respect of European Council guidelines. This includes the negotiations on the future relationship with the UK, the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, as well as the Commission’s ‘no-deal’ preparedness work.
The Task Force operates under the direct authority of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and in close cooperation with the Secretariat-General, all Commission services concerned and the European External Action Service (EEAS).
[the UK Prime Minister will also make a speech this morning, the content of this speech is already briefed to the UK press]