UK could embrace Ukraine-style deal with EU - media

11:30, 02 May 2018

The European Parliament has suggested that an association agreement based on four key areas -- trade, foreign policy and security, internal security and "thematic" cooperation -- could form the basis for ties with Britain after it leaves the bloc next year, according to AFP, Yahoo News reports.

"Some association agreements are stepping stones to membership," Davis told the House of Lords EU committee, pointing to the example of Ukraine.

"It depends on what's included. We would not for example want to see it bring ECJ (European Court of Justice) jurisdiction in."

Read alsoCambridge Analytica work helped Brexit group - evidenceThe EU-Ukraine deal, agreed in 2014 but not ratified until last year, is intended to promote deeper political and economic ties as Ukraine looks to join the bloc one day.

Britain has called for a broad and close relationship with the EU after Brexit, that goes beyond a typical free trade deal, including encompassing security.

Erika Szyszczak, a fellow at the UK Trade Policy Observatory at Britain's University of Sussex, suggested in a November briefing paper that the Ukraine association deal could provide a model.

It offers "tariff-free access for goods and passports for services, and customs cooperation," with the requirement to align on competition, state aid, anti-dumping and public procurement rules.

There is no freedom of movement -- a major reason Britain is leaving the EU -- but instead a system of visas and work permits, Szyszczak said.

Ukraine also has the option of joining certain EU programs, for example in science and research -- something Britain has left open.

Davis confirmed he wants to agree the outline of the new relationship by October, ahead of Brexit at the end of March 2019.

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