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Anjum Shabbir
13th February 2020
External Relations & Trade

European Parliament calls for level-playing field in UK-EU relations

A resolution passed by the European Parliament yesterday calls for a level playing field between the UK and EU to be guaranteed through certain commitments and ‘dynamic alignment’. The resolution was adopted by 543-39 votes, with 69 abstentions.

In stark contrast, less than two weeks ago on Monday 3 February 2020, Boris Johnson delivered a speech in which he said ‘we do not seek membership or part membership of the customs union or alignment of any kind’.

The European institutions appear to be broadly speaking along the same lines in the approach to the future UK-EU relationship: the European Parliament acknowledged that a non-Member State cannot have the same rights as a Member State (similarly to other EU institutions) an


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