EU Parliament Partly Clears Path To UK Trade Deal Vote
The European Parliament gave the go-ahead for two key committees to vote this week on the EU-UK trade deal, but deferred a decision on whether the full parliament will give its assent later this month.
Ratification by the parliament is the final step in clearing the trade and cooperation agreement struck between Britain and the European Union in December. It has until the end of April to do so.
If it does not, and the provisional application of the agreement is not extended, then the trade deal would cease to apply, leaving Britain and the European Union to trade on WTO terms with tariffs and quotas.
Members of the parliament suspended the voting process in March in protest against British changes to arrangements on Northern Ireland.
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