Holders of protected geographical indications in the EU at the end of the transitional period have the right to use the uk geographical indication without verification and enjoy a “at least equivalent level of protection” as provided for by the existing EU scheme. However, this only applies “until a future agreement between the EU and the UK enters into force and enters into force. The agreement provides for a transitional period that will last until at least 31 December 2020. During this period, the UK will remain in the EU customs union and internal market, and most of the EU legislation will continue to apply to the UK, but the UK will lose the opportunity to participate in EU legislation and the benefits of free trade agreements with third countries. In order for the UK to continue to benefit from these free trade agreements during the transition period, it will need the agreement of the EU and all third countries. In practice, trade in goods and services between the EU and the UK will therefore remain broadly unchanged during the transitional period. The UK will be able to enter into trade agreements with third countries; However, the customs union would significantly reduce the UK`s ability to have very different trade relations with them, particularly with regard to products. There would be more opportunities for the UK to offer different conditions for trade in services and sectors such as public procurement. The political statement refers to the autonomy of regulation and decision-making of each bloc and its ability to make equivalency decisions in its own interest. From a British point of view, the latter reference to autonomy is less welcome when it comes to achieving considerable market access in equivalence. If one does not read about the objective of going beyond WTO obligations, there is no explicit reference to an extension of equivalence beyond the existing patch work. In this context, Steven Maijoor, President of the European Financial Markets Authority (ESMA), has already called for a comprehensive and harmonised European regime for trading platforms in third countries.
The policy statement also refers to the fact that both parties begin to assess equivalence to each other as soon as possible after the withdrawal, so that they can be completed before the end of the second quarter of 2020. In order to allay the UNITED Kingdom`s concerns about the sudden withdrawal of equivalence, the documents promise “transparency and appropriate consultation in the process of accepting, suspending and withdrawing equivalency decisions.” We can also expect “close and structured cooperation” in regulation and oversight, as well as information exchange and consultation on regulatory initiatives of common interest, both at the political and technical level. It is likely that, in some areas, the ACF may still contribute in one way or another to the European supervisory authorities and their development of post-Brexit policy. If the withdrawal agreement is approved, an EU law (withdrawal agreement) will be introduced to implement the withdrawal agreement in UK law.