Read the negotiating guide, a collection of important documents, from political declaration to EU negotiating guidelines. The compendium contains a draft EU legal agreement for negotiations and mandate, as agreed between EU and UK negotiators. This future partnership is defined in the political declaration agreed by both parties, which provides provisions that directly interest citizens and businesses in areas such as transport, industrial supply chains, agricultural products, fisheries, services, data protection, equal competition rules, citizen mobility, crime control , money laundering and terrorism, foreign and security policy. With regard to the security of Europe and the security of its citizens, the future security partnership would include both prosecution and criminal justice, as well as foreign policy, security and defence and other areas of cooperation. The main element of our approach is the Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which essentially covers all trade. We have also proposed a separate fisheries agreement that will take back control of our waters, as well as our right as an independent coastal state; an agreement on prosecution and judicial cooperation in criminal matters to help protect the public and bring offenders to justice; Agreements in the technical areas relating to cooperation in aviation, energy and civil nuclear power and which will help ensure the continuity of the United Kingdom on the basis of its new foundations as an independent sovereign nation. The withdrawal agreement came into force on 1 February 2020, after being adopted on 17 October 2019, at the same time as the political declaration setting the framework for the future partnership between the EU and the UK. On 3 February 2020, the Commission recommended that the Council begin negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom. The negotiating guidelines were adopted by the Council on 25 February 2020. The economic partnership will focus on a comprehensive and balanced free trade agreement and will cover areas of cooperation such as transport, energy, climate, environment and fisheries. The declaration also states that future relations must ensure open and fair competition, which must include strong commitments to ensure stable competitive conditions.