The European Parliament adopted a resolution dealing with the framework for future relations between the EU and the United Kingdom, the institution’s press office announced.

The resolution prepared by Parliament’s working party on Brexit highlights the uniqueness of the EU system, with its binding common provisions, common institutions and common mechanisms for supervision, enforcement and justice. This means that even close associated countries with similar legislation cannot benefit from rights, benefits and market access to the same extent as EU Member States.

Regarding the “red lines” outlined by the British Government, a possible association agreement can provide an appropriate framework for future relations, as stated in the document.

The European Parliament proposes four main pillars for basis of future relations: trade and economic relations; internal security; cooperation in foreign policy and defence; thematic cooperation, for example in the field of research.

The MEPs share the opinion that a dispute resolution mechanism is necessary. Any framework for future relations must also include respect for the integrity of the Single Market, the Customs Union and the four freedoms, without allowing a different approach to individual areas. It must take into account the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the EP notes.

The resolution notes that it is important to ensure equal and fair treatment for EU citizens living in Britain and British citizens living in the EU.

It welcomes the draft protocol for Ireland and Northern Ireland, including the possibility of specific safeguards against strengthening border control. The MEPs underline the importance of maintaining citizens’ rights described in The Belfast Agreement, also known as the Good Friday Agreement.

Similiar agreements were concluded with Ukraine and Kosovo, even with Chile, which was signed in 2002. They cover some important issues relating to trade and investment, as well as political issues.