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Brexit and European Affairs

The UK’s future relationship with the EU

Following the General Election which took place in the UK in December 2019 and the ratification by both the UK and EU parliaments of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 to enter a transition period that is set to end on 31 December 2020. The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period, but the UK is no longer a members of the EU's political institutions, including the European Parliament and European Commission, as well as other EU bodies.

Energy UK carries on its engagement with the UK government ahead of the negotiations to ensure energy and climate are a priority in the negotiations with the EU during 2020 in line with the Political Declaration which promotes collaboration and cooperation on energy matters. Energy UK continues to call for an Energy and Climate Chapter to be included in the future agreement to ensure the smooth functioning of energy markets, the continued free flow of energy, and cooperation on the decarbonisation agenda to tackle climate change in as cost-effective a way as possible for customers and businesses.

Energy UK will carry on its engagement with the UK government and the EU throughout 2020, through regular meetings with relevant government departments, with Ministers and MPs as well as working collaboratively with other relevant stakeholders to ensure we achieve the best deal for the energy industry and the wider society as the work around decarbonisation intensifies. We will also continue our engagement with European associations- Eurelectric and Eurogas- on a number of topics in various policy areas. This cooperation remains important, irrespective of the Brexit outcome.

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