The UK’s relationship with the EU will not last beyond 2018, Brussels says.
The ‘transition period’ has yet to be formally negotiated between the two sides, but it has been widely reported the UK was looking for a two year arrangement once it left in March 2019.
However EU officials have scuppered the potential plan, with the EU commission setting out its own guidelines on when Britain must leave.
— Maximilian Hofmann (@maxhofmann) 20 December 2017
The EU says the UK will have to continue to follow its rules and cannot adopt an “a la carte” approach.
Brexit transition period shd only last 18 months and end on 31 Dec 2020 says @MichelBarnier
— norman smith (@BBCNormanS) 20 December 2017
The cut-off date for the transition phase is contained in the EU’s guidelines for the next phase of Brexit negotiations.
The guidelines state that the UK should continue to follow EU trade law and stay in the European customs union and single market during the transition phase. Rulings of the European Court of Justice will continue to apply, the EU says.