The Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs also discussed the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The withdrawal agreement enters into force 1 February, and it will dismantle all cooperation based on the UK’s EU membership in an orderly manner. The future relations must now be renegotiated in all sectors. The Commission will give proposals for a negotiating mandate that covers all sectors on 3 February, and this is to be approved at the General Affairs Council on 25 February.
“Tomorrow the UK is no longer a member of the EU. Finland respects the UK’s decision. Thanks to the withdrawal agreement, Brexit will take place in an orderly manner, which is a good thing. Now it is time to look into the future and focus on negotiating as close partnership relations with the UK as possible,” Prime Minister Sanna Marin says.