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Slovenia welcomes the approval of the EU (Future Relationship) Bill by the UK Parliament

Yesterday, on 30 December 2020, the UK Parliament passed by a large majority the EU (Future Relationship) Bill, the primary implementing legislation for the future UK-EU relationship agreement. Slovenia welcomes the approval of the agreement which is the result of several months of intensive negotiations and provides a comprehensive framework for future EU-UK relations. Slovenia appreciates all the efforts invested by the two negotiating parties to reach an agreement.

The UK will continue to be an important partner for Slovenia even after leaving the EU. In the future, Slovenia will endeavour to continue to maintain close and positive bilateral relations and strengthen political dialogue and cooperation in all areas of common interest, particularly in the economy, investments, science, education, and culture. Dedicated to the common values based on the rule of law, Slovenia and the UK will continue their constructive cooperation also within international fora and NATO, where the UK remains a strong and reliable ally.

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which will take effect on 1 January 2021, rests on three main pillars:  Free Trade Agreement (FTA), a new Partnership for Security, and a horizontal agreement on governance. Cooperation between Slovenia and the UK will be particularly important during the transition to new trade relations brought about by Brexit. It is in the interest of both countries that the transition should be as smooth as possible for their respective businesses and citizens affected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. With this in mind, Slovenia will continue to work towards the full implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement.