In an era of political correctness, it is increasingly difficult to write a formal declaration of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.
In addition, many in the European community have been reluctant to publicly discuss the details of Britain’s departure, with the British government and the EU negotiating a deal to avoid public exposure.
But what is the proper way to write formal declarations of withdrawal?
In this guide, I will give you an overview of the most common post-Brexit declarations and explain how to write one.
Before we get started, however, let’s define a few key terms.
For the sake of brevity, we will be using the word “EU” interchangeably with the term “EU citizens.”
What constitutes a formal withdrawal?
There are two ways of determining whether a country has formally withdrawn from the EU: a “final” withdrawal or a “temporary” withdrawal.
In the case of a “Final” withdrawal, the country has officially departed and left the European Community and has not yet been formally recognized as a Member State.
In a “Temporary” departure, the nation has officially left and left and has already entered the customs union, but is still awaiting its first post-exit decision.
In both cases, the United States, Canada, and Mexico are considered “non-participants.”
In both situations, the withdrawal is not formally recognized by the EU.
In practice, a country can be formally withdrawn only after it has submitted an EU-wide request for a new relationship with the EU and has made clear that the transition period is complete.
In either case, the new relationship must be “in line with the principles of the European Convention on Human Rights,” a set of human rights agreements that were agreed by all EU members in March 2019 and have been endorsed by all member states since that date.
A country can withdraw from the union if it is “not fit to continue participating in the common market” and it has “serious concerns about the future of the EU’s fundamental values.”
There is no legal limit on the number of countries that can withdraw, but the withdrawal process can take as long as two years.
What constitutes an official withdrawal?
The term “in a formal departure” means that the nation’s government and its parliament have formally announced its intention to leave the EU in order to make way for a “new relationship” with the European Common Market, or E.U. The EU has formally declared the United State’s withdrawal from the E.C.M. in March 2020.
What is a “partial” or “temporarily” withdrawal?
A “partial withdrawal” means a country’s decision to leave, but it does not necessarily mean that it will not join the European Economic Area (EEA) in the future.
For example, a “half-way house” could mean that the country will still have some EU membership, but not be an E.E.
A member, or the country may decide to leave only partially.
For some countries, the EU may consider that the withdrawal from a full E.P.A. membership would not be sufficient to allow it to participate in the ECA and may seek to extend the transition until after it leaves.
In such cases, it may be necessary to apply to join the EEA after the country leaves.
The transition period can take up to two years, and a country may leave the ENA at any point during this time.
What are the two main elements of a formal or “partial E.M.” withdrawal?
An official withdrawal is a decision by a country to leave but not to join a new, formal E.A.-EU relationship, and the transition is not formal.
A “temporal” withdrawal is the decision to remain in the EU but to withdraw from all other EU policies.
For most countries, this means that they are still participating in some EU policies, but they may withdraw from other EU policy areas.
The country will no longer be part of the ETA, the European Monetary Fund, or a host of EU programs and institutions, and it will have no rights or obligations to negotiate for any future trade agreement with the EAs.
The withdrawal period for the latter case is up to one year.
In some countries the transition must be completed before a country is considered to have formally withdrawn.
A partial or temporary withdrawal is typically not considered to be formal withdrawal, but some countries may want to have a more formal “informal” withdrawal to allow them to make a transition, for example to leave their financial commitments to the EBA and the EEC.
This can be done by signing a formal letter of intent with a “participating state” that commits to joining the EAAA in the coming years.
In this case, a letter of interest will be sent to the participating state’s E.O.I.O., or the EU External Action Service, that will confirm that the signing of the formal letter is in line with an ETA agreement.