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23 Feb, 10 tweets, 4 min read
A quick thread about Provisional Application of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA)

When the TCA was agreed, the text stated that the Provisional Application would apply until 28 February, but this was not long enough for the EU - and the EU wanted to extend
The *Proposal* for a Council Decision that would then set the negotiation mandate was made public by the European Commission on 10 February - you can find the PDF here…
Only once that Council Decision is adopted can the EU then request that the UK agrees the extension of Provisional Application at the EU-UK Partnership Council (the TCA stipulates that the Partnership Council can extend Provisional Application)
I'd not seen that the Proposal for a Council Decision had indeed been adopted... but I searched a bit deeper this morning... and I think it *HAS* been adopted - indeed on 16 February!
Searching the Council documents database for the procedure number 2021/0034 (NLE) gives you this:…
ST 6080 2021 INIT (16/02/2021) is *not* available in English, but is available in French and German and some other languages, and *is* the Council Decision - PDF in French here:…
As far as I can tell this has slipped out without anyone really noticing - I only found it thanks to deeper searching of the Council's document database.

The essence though is this: that the EU wants to extend Provisional Application is now formally confirmed.
Michael Gove is giving a statement about it today:

And tomorrow there is a NI Protocol Joint Cttee meeting between Gove and Šefčovič, and as both are members of the Partnership Council *as well*, tomorrow a Partnership Council could agree the extension
So I *think* that we are going to have the extension of Provisional Application issue wrapped up within the next 36 hours... barring some last minute shenanigans from Gove!

cc. @EuropeanNick @StevePeers @tconnellyRTE @DaveKeating


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