On 18 March, the Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom (UKTF) of the European Commission published its Draft Text of the Agreement on the New Partnership with the United Kingdom (Draft Agreement). It translates the negotiating directives, approved by Member States, into a legal text, in line with the Political Declaration agreed between the EU and the UK. The Draft Agreement was sent to the UK following consultation with the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, and aims to provide a tool to support the negotiations and enable progress with the UK’s relationship with the EU.
The Draft Agreement covers all areas of the negotiations. Most importantly for us, the Draft Agreement includes provisions around the digital economy and data protection. These draft provisions ensure that the parties commit to a high level of data protection and recognise the importance of promoting and protecting the fundamental rights of privacy and data protection. The parties also agree to cooperate (as much as national laws permit) at bilateral and multilateral levels, which may include dialogue, exchange of expertise, and cooperation on enforcement with respect to personal data protection.
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