The European Parliament has voted to adopt a resolution that lays down its key principles and conditions for its approval of the UK’s withdrawal agreement.

A provisional edition of the text of the resolution has been published.

Among other things the resolution opposes any sort of cherry picking or a piecemeal economic relationship based on sector-specific deals. It also states that only when “substantial progress” has been made in talks on how the UK is to leave the EU can discussions begin on possible transitional arrangements. These arrangements must not last longer than three years, while an agreement on a future relationship can only be concluded once the UK has left the EU.

The European Parliament intends to build on the elements set out in the resolution as the Brexit negotiations develop, for example by adopting further resolutions, including on specific matters or sector-specific issues.

View Red lines on Brexit negotiations, 5 April 2017

View Provisional edition – Negotiations with the United Kingdom following its notification that it intends to withdraw from the European Union, 5 April 2017