Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION on measures concerning the implementation and financing of the general budget of the Union in 2020 in relation to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union

1. The Commission has proposed a draft regulation on the implementation and financing of the EU budget in 2020 if the UK left without an agreement. It is part of a wider programme of no-deal contingency measures proposed by the Commission.

2. After withdrawal, the United Kingdom (‘UK’) and entities established in the UK (‘UK entities’) may cease to be eligible to received funding under EU spending programmes. This proposal provides for the possibility to maintain the eligibility of the UK and UK entities to continue to participate in EU programmes from withdrawal, up to the end of 2020. This would be subject to the UK making contributions in relation to the 2020 budget. If adopted, the UK would have to confirm acceptance by 1 January, and make the first payment by 20 January.

3. The proposal is without prejudice to negotiating an agreement with the UK on a financial settlement covering the entirety of mutual obligations between the UK and the EU. If no agreement is reached before January 2020, then the situation would be the same as that described in paragraphs 1 and 2. The Commission states that “in any event the Union and the United Kingdom would need to honour their respective obligations resulting from the whole period of the United Kingdom membership in the Union”.

Topic  Budget 
Department  HMT 
Council Reference  11921/19 
COM Reference  COM(19)461 
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Associated file(s)


  1. 11921/19 - 456 KB - pdf
  2. 8 January 2020: Javid-ESC Chair - 2 MB - pdf
  3. EM 11921/19 - 85 KB - pdf

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