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Nicolai von Ondarza @NvOndarza
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EU Commission has published the draft mandate for #Brexit transition talks.…

A couple of noteworthy points:
(1) As expected, Com demands that whole of EU acquis should continue to apply to the UK, incl. all four freedoms, Euroatom, justice and home affairs, even down to the current UK's opt out regime.

This crucially includes primacy of EU law and direct effect
(2) UK will no longer benefit from EU FTAs during transition. This is detrimental to UK economy, but also implies that it may strike its own FTAs during transition.
(3) New: Although the UK will no longer participate in any EU institutions, Com opens possibility to invite it without voting rights to expert committees, agencies etc.

This is a good and sensible move that I also suggested in my transition paper.
(4) Finally, Com suggest to limit transition to current financial framework, i.e. Dec 2020 without mentioning extension.

This is a mistake. Although a short transition now benefits both sides politically, just 21 months w/o extension is a severe and unnecessary limit.
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