MEPs have formally adopted the post-Brexit EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). The TCA was overwhelmingly approved by 660 in favour, 5 against and 32 abstentions in a vote announced this morning, Wednesday 28 April.
The result means that the TCA, which until now had only been provisionally applied, will automatically enter into force and become fully applicable for both sides. The Agreement also prevents a so-called ‘cliff-edge’ at the end of April when the current scrutiny period was set to expire.
Overall, in a debate ahead of the vote, MEPs stressed the need to approve the TCA in order to safeguard all legal, economic and social provisions in the deal for citizens and businesses on both sides of the English Channel.
MEPs, however, also stressed the need for the UK Government to fully implement all provisions of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement and, in particular, of the Northern Ireland protocol. In this context, MEPs also emphasised that their scrutiny of the Agreement would not end with this vote. They also sought to remind the UK Government that the TCA would not be the end of negotiations on topics of cross-Channel interest, with MEPs highlighting agri-food standards, energy and financial services as future topics.