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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

UK hopes to maintain EU aid collaboration after Brexit

The U.K. government issued a document on Tuesday detailing plans to maintain U.K. aid cooperation with the EU after it exits the bloc in 2019. The paper, released by the Department for Exiting the European Union, is scant on figures and makes no explicit commitments regarding the almost 1 billion euros in development and humanitarian aid spent annually through the EU; nor does it commit to specific joint funds or other instruments. However, it describes a strong desire for continued collaboration on aid — particularly on migration — and outlines the U.K.’s hope for a relationship that uses current engagement “as a starting point.” There has been much speculation — and few clues — about how the U.K. will manage its development cooperation work with the EU after its departure. The EU institutions are the world’s fourth largest bilateral donor, while the U.K. is the third. The “future partnership paper” is part of a series setting out key issues that “form the government’s vision” for a post-Brexit relationship with the 28-member union. While it does not represent the government’s official position in the Brexit negotiations, it reflects “engagement the government has sought from external parties with expertise in these policy areas,” and constitutes “an essential step” toward building future EU-U.K. coordination, the document states.

Source: Devex