The Brexit "White Paper"

The so called "white paper" published on last Thursday is aimed to allow EU citizens to move without a visa in the UK for tourism and temporary work and allow EU students to study in the UK. "Talented people" should be allowed to move to the UK and vice versa after Brexit, according to the new scheme.

Despite the document has a validity until December 2020, it specifies that will be necessary to recognise the “depth of the relationship and close ties between the peoples of the UK and the EU”.

Specifically, the white paper stipulates that after Brexit “the UK’s future economic partnership should therefore provide reciprocal arrangements, consistent with the ending of free movement”, including measures that “support businesses to provide services and to move their talented people”.

Since the referendum of June 2016, the white paper appears as the most consistent document relating to provisional arrangements. Against the protests of the Conservatives, Theresa May underlined that the new approach towards EU negotiations “requires pragmatism and compromise from both sides”.

The document's purpose is preparing and negotiate a “common rule book” which could lead UK after Brexit and establish common standards food and goods, and a “facilitated customs arrangement” in which the UK would collect both UK and EU tariffs for goods entering Britain.

From the moderate side come wishes to sign an association agreement with the EU after Brexit, to allow “regular dialogue between UK and EU leaders” and to maintain a cooperative spirit between parties.

An independent arbitration organ will be created in order to decide on disputes which cannot be solved by the EU and UK courts, especially considering that the depart of the UK from EU will permanently prevent to refer cases from the UK courts to the European Court of Justice.