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Document 32019D0642

Council Decision (EU) 2019/642 of 13 April 2019 amending Decision (EU) 2019/274 on the signing, on behalf of the European Union and of the European Atomic Energy Community, of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (Text with EEA relevance.)

XT/21027/2019/INIT

OJ L 110I , 25.4.2019, p. 1–3 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

In force

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2019/642/oj

25.4.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

LI 110/1


COUNCIL DECISION (EU) 2019/642

of 13 April 2019

amending Decision (EU) 2019/274 on the signing, on behalf of the European Union and of the European Atomic Energy Community, of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on European Union, and in particular Article 50 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)

On 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom notified the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (‘Euratom’) in accordance with Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (‘TEU’), which applies to Euratom by virtue of Article 106a of the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community.

(2)

In accordance with Article 50 TEU, the European Union negotiated with the United Kingdom an agreement setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union (‘Withdrawal Agreement’).

(3)

On 11 January 2019, the Council adopted Decision (EU) 2019/274 (1) on the signing of the Withdrawal Agreement (2).

(4)

On 21 March 2019, the European Council approved the Instrument relating to the Withdrawal Agreement and the Joint Statement supplementing the Political Declaration, agreed between Prime Minister May and the President of the European Commission Juncker on 11 March 2019.

(5)

By Decision (EU) 2019/476 (3), the European Council, in agreement with the United Kingdom, decided to extend the period under Article 50(3) TEU until 22 May 2019 in the event that the House of Commons approved the Withdrawal Agreement by 29 March 2019, or, if that were not to be the case, until 12 April 2019. The House of Commons did not approve the Withdrawal Agreement by 29 March 2019.

(6)

On 5 April 2019, the United Kingdom submitted another request to the European Council for an extension of the period provided for in Article 50(3) TEU. On 11 April 2019, by Decision (EU) 2019/584 (4) the European Council, in agreement with the United Kingdom, decided to further extend that period until 31 October 2019. The European Council recalled that, under Article 50(3) TEU, the Withdrawal Agreement may enter into force on an earlier date, should the Parties complete their respective ratification procedures before 31 October 2019. Consequently, the withdrawal should take place on the first day of the month following the completion of the ratification procedures or on 1 November 2019, whichever is the earliest. Furthermore, as indicated in the second paragraph of Article 2 of that Decision, that Decision will cease to apply on 31 May 2019 in the event that the United Kingdom has not held elections to the European Parliament in accordance with applicable Union law and has not ratified the Withdrawal Agreement by 22 May 2019.

(7)

As a consequence, the date of entry into force of the Withdrawal Agreement had to be adapted to reflect the period provided for in Article 50(3) TEU, as extended by the European Council in agreement with the United Kingdom.

(8)

On 11 April 2019, in agreement with the United Kingdom, the Withdrawal Agreement was adapted in three instances as follows:

in the last recital, the words ‘after 29 March 2019’ were replaced by ‘from the date of entry into force of this Agreement’;

in Article 185, the first paragraph was replaced by:

‘This Agreement shall enter into force on one of the following dates, whichever is the earliest:

(a)

the day following the end of the period provided for in Article 50(3) TEU, as extended by the European Council in agreement with the United Kingdom, provided that, prior to that date, the depositary of this Agreement has received the written notifications by the Union and the United Kingdom regarding the completion of the necessary internal procedures;

(b)

the first day of the month following the receipt by the depositary of this Agreement of the last of the written notifications referred to in point (a).

In the event that, prior to the end of the period provided for in Article 50(3) TEU, as extended by the European Council in agreement with the United Kingdom, the depositary of this Agreement has not received the written notifications referred to in point (a), this Agreement shall not enter into force.’;

in Article 2 of the Protocol on Gibraltar, the date of 30 March 2019 was replaced by ‘the date of entry into force of the Withdrawal Agreement’.

(9)

Decision (EU) 2019/274 should therefore be amended accordingly.

(10)

As provided for in Article 50(4) TEU, the United Kingdom has not taken part in the discussions of the Council concerning this decision nor in its adoption,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

Article 1 of Decision (EU) 2019/274 is replaced by the following:

‘Article 1

The signing, on behalf of the Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, as adapted, is hereby authorised, subject to the conclusion of the said Agreement.

The text of the Agreement, as adapted, is attached to this Decision (*1).

Article 2

The text of the Agreement attached to Decision (EU) 2019/274 is replaced by the text of the adapted Agreement attached to this Decision (5).

Article 3

This Decision shall enter into force on the date of its adoption.

Done at Brussels, 13 April 2019.

For the Council

The President

G. CIAMBA


(1)  Council Decision (EU) 2019/274 of 11 January 2019 on the signing, on behalf of the European Union and of the European Atomic Energy Community, of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (OJ L 47 I, 19.2.2019, p. 1).

(2)  The text of the Withdrawal Agreement attached to Decision (EU) 2019/274 was published in OJ C 66 I, 19.2.2019, p. 1.

(3)  European Council Decision (EU) 2019/476 taken in agreement with the United Kingdom of 22 March 2019 extending the period under Article 50(3) TEU (OJ L 80 I, 22.3.2019, p. 1).

(4)  European Council Decision (EU) 2019/584 taken in agreement with the United Kingdom of 11 April 2019 extending the period under Article 50(3) TEU (OJ L 101, 11.4.2019, p. 1).

(5)  OJ C 144 I, 25.4.2019, p. 1.


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