WTO members receive United Kingdom’s draft post-Brexit services commitments

Julian Braithwaite WTO
UK Ambassador to the WTO, Julian Braithwaite, with the UK services schedule. Photo: WTO

On Monday (3 December), World Trade Organisation (WTO) members received the United Kingdom’s draft schedule outlining its WTO commitments for services once the UK leaves the European Union. 

The United Kingdom considers this notification to be a rectification of its concessions and commitments under the WTO, on the grounds that the schedule replicates, as far as possible, the UK’s WTO concessions and commitments as an EU member.

As outlined in the “Procedures for the certification of rectifications or improvements to schedules of specific commitments”, WTO members have 45 days to review the schedule.

If no objections are made by the end of this period, the UK’s services schedule will be considered to be certified with the UK continuing to trade on current EU terms while the separate EU withdrawal negotiating process between the UK and the EU is ongoing.

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