Leaving the EU: negotiation priorities for energy and climate change policy Contents

2Negotiating parameters for energy and climate change

The Government’s general negotiating parameters

9.In her Lancaster House speech, the Prime Minister announced that the UK will pursue a “new, comprehensive, bold and ambitious Free Trade Agreement with the EU”.12 The Government’s guiding principles for the negotiations were set out in a White Paper and the letter to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, notifying the EU of the UK’s departure. The White Paper stated that the Government “is considering all options for the UK’s future relationship with the EU on energy”.13 Other general Government negotiating objectives likely to affect negotiations on energy and climate change include:

10.In her Lancaster House speech, the Prime Minister also indicated:

The EU’s negotiation parameters

11.The European Council and the European Parliament’s published draft principles for the negotiations in some cases conflict with those of the Government. Key draft European principles for energy and climate change include:

12.With regards to the scheduling of discussions, the European bodies have said that:

There are clearly substantial differences in the starting positions of the two sides in the negotiation, as is to be expected. In making recommendations in this Report, we have sought to take into account these overarching parameters and the inevitable lack of certainty around the eventual outcome.


12The government’s negotiating objectives for exiting the EU”, Prime Minister’s speech, 17 January 2017

13 Department for Exiting the European Union, The United Kingdom’s exit from, and new partnership with the European Union, Cm 9417, 2 February 2017

15The government’s negotiating objectives for exiting the EU”, Prime Minister’s speech, 17 January 2017

16 European Parliament, Draft Motion for Resolution, negotiations with the United Kingdom, B8-0000/2017, 29 March 2017




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