On Saturday, Morocco and the United Kingdom sealed a comprehensive association agreement which, in the context of bilateral relations, restores all the advantages they accorded each other under the terms of the Agreement Morocco-European Union Association.
Signed by Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, and Andrew Murrison, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in charge of the MENA region and development international agreement, this agreement will enter into force once the EU-Morocco agreements cease to apply for the UK, after Brexit.
In addition to this agreement, the two parties signed three legal instruments, namely the political declaration between Morocco and the United Kingdom and two agreements in the form of an exchange of letters, on the one hand, on a dispute settlement and, on the other hand, a mutual agreement on access to the United Kingdom market for all products, particularly from the Moroccan Sahara region.
“While the three legal instruments are signed with a view to the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, the fact remains that they do not prejudge the internal national debate in the United Kingdom. Regarding Brexit, their entry into force is expected after the UK’s official exit from the European Union,” Bourita said in a statement after the signing ceremony.
On the other hand, these instruments make it possible to limit the impact of a Brexit, in particular on the economic and commercial relations between the two countries, and to turn this challenge into a real opportunity for the continuous development of our bilateral relations, he said.
The transposition at the bilateral level of the Association Agreement, is a means of preserving all the gains, political, legal, economic, sectoral and territorial, obtained within the framework of the strategic relations between Morocco and the European Union.
With this agreement, the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union will not create any break in the bilateral relationship between the United Kingdom and Morocco. The agreement ensures a smooth transition, which keeps trade fluid and secure, while the exchange of letters on the dispute settlement mechanism can be conceived as a prevention mechanism.
Similarly, the second exchange of letters allows products from all regions of Morocco, including the southern provinces, to access, on the same conditions and without any discrimination, the British market. Reciprocity also applies. Thus, the continuity and visibility necessary for economic operators, as well as the security necessary for the development of cross investments are ensured. Likewise, added Mr. Bourita, the already effective complementarity between the economies of the two countries is consolidated.