4) Where possible, the Government has sought to technically overhaul existing EU agreements through these new bilateral “continuity” agreements, but in some cases has applied tailored solutions to individual agreements necessary to ensure continuity of impact and operating capacity in a bilateral context. On 21 November 2013, verkhovna Rada failed on one of six requests to give medical treatment to former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko abroad, which was a request from the EU to sign the Association Agreement.   In the same week, Tymoshenko had declared that she was ready to ask the EU to abandon the demand for her freedom if it meant that President Viktor Yanukovych would sign the Association Agreement.  On the same day, a decree of the Ukrainian government suspended preparations for the signing of the Association Agreement; Instead, it proposed the creation of a three-way trade commission between Ukraine, the European Union and Russia, which would resolve trade issues between the parties.  Prime Minister Mykola Azarov adopted the decree to “ensure Ukraine`s national security” and taking into account the potential impact of trade with Russia (and other CIS countries)  if the agreement was signed at a summit in Vilnius on 28-29 November.    According to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Boyko, Ukraine will resume preparations for the agreement “if the decline in industrial production and our relations with the CIS countries are compensated by the European market, otherwise our country`s economy will suffer serious damage.”  Some EU diplomats were more sceptical about the reasons given.  Later, on 21 November 2013, Russian President Dmitry Peskov`s spokesman called the Ukrainian decree “a strictly internal and sovereign decision of the country, and we believe that we have no right to take a position” and said that Russia was ready to conduct tripartite negotiations with Ukraine and the EU on trade and economic issues.  The European Parliament`s monitoring mission in Ukraine stated (also on 21 November 2013) that it was still possible to sign the association agreement ENTRE the EU and Ukraine.  On the same day, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said: “There is no alternative to reforms in Ukraine and an alternative to European integration… We are going down that road and we are not changing directions.   [b] “Other Business Services”: Research and Development Services, Business And Technical, Commercial and Other Business Services ↩ 2) By re-referesting to the EU, the Government has sought to ensure the greatest possible security for businesses and consumers by ensuring the continuity of existing business relationships in the UK. It is not in anyone`s interest to disrupt existing trade streams. 76) There are two main categories that are relevant to determining whether goods are “originating” in the exporting country for the purposes of a free trade agreement: the tax law (cross-border trade) allows the United Kingdom to introduce a British system of trade preferences for developing countries.
The necessary secondary laws are now well advanced and the regulations will be adopted by Parliament before the end of the transition period. The government intends to introduce a system of trade preferences that would maintain the preferential market access we currently offer to some 70 developing countries under the EU`s Generalised Preference System (GSP). This will allow least developed countries to access duty- and quota-free access, which is a goal of the UN`s Sustainable Development Goals and meets our WTO commitments.