The Protocol on Basic Sovereign Territories in Cyprus aims to protect the interests of Cypriots living and working in basic sovereign territories after Brexit and to ensure that EU legislation continues to apply in SBA in the areas defined in Protocol 3 of the Cyprus Accession Act, without losing rights , especially for Cypriot civilians living and working in SBA areas. This applies to areas of action such as taxation, goods, agriculture, fisheries and veterinary and plant health legislation. The agreements aim to ensure that the laws applicable to Cypriots in the SBAs are identical to those of the Republic of Cyprus. The protocol gives Cyprus responsibility for the implementation and enforcement of EU law in most areas covered, with the exception of security and military affairs. In late January and February, the signing of free trade agreements with Chile, the States of East and South Africa, the Faroe Islands, Switzerland, Israel and the Palestinian Authority was announced. An agreement has also been announced for the renewal of the provisions of the agreement between the United Kingdom and Switzerland in Liechtenstein. Negotiations were officially launched on 19 June 2017, when David Davis, the British Secretary of State for leaving the European Union, arrived in Brussels to meet Michel Barnier, chief negotiator appointed by the European Commission.  They began discussing a withdrawal agreement, including the terms of a transitional period and an overview of the objectives of a future relationship between the UK and the EU. In November 2018, EU officials announced that they would not accept any further negotiations or amendments before the UK`s legal departure. The next day, the Council was published. The question was: “What is the legal effect of the United Kingdom`s approval of the protocol to the withdrawal agreement of Ireland and Northern Ireland, including its effects in connection with Articles 5 and 184 of the main withdrawal agreement?” The advice was as follows:  Free movement will continue until the end of the transition period (or transposition period) and EU and UK nationals will be able to move to the UK or Member States, as currently permitted by EU legislation. EU citizens living in their host country before the end of the transition have a permanent right of residence under the withdrawal agreement due to certain requirements.
Under the agreement, the UK and EU-27 have discretion under which EU or UK nationals must apply for new resident status. A February 2018 report by the International Trade Select Committee warned against trade with 70 nations, which “fall off the cliff” if the government does not act quickly to topple EU trade agreements. He also said there was an urgent need to clarify “the number, nature, scope, scope and importance of EU trade agreements.” He also cautioned against the need for substantial changes to submersations.