By Roy Mabasa
The Philippine government remains committed to developing positive relationships with both the United Kingdom and the European Union after Britain officially left the EU bloc last week.
In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it will continue to monitor developments on Brexit, a word coined to described UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
The DFA, however, said for the purpose of international conventions/agreements/arrangements entered into by the EU, Britain will still be treated as an EU Member State and will continue to be bound by EU rules for the duration of the transition period.
It advised the public, specifically individuals or corporations conducting business in the UK, to be aware of the Brexit agreement and other related documents that may affect their businesses.
Furthermore, it directed all queries about the Brexit to the British Embassy in Manila and the EU Delegation in the Philippines.
On January 31, 2020, the UK officially left the EU following the latter’s ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement with London.
The transition period takes effect from February 1 to December 31, 2020.