The withdrawal agreement provided for an extension of the transition period to avoid the “non-deal” of Brexit if no agreement between the EU and the UK could be reached by 31 December 2020. Such an extension should have been requested until July 2020. Following a statement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he would not use this option and that 11 months would be enough to reach a comprehensive agreement, the British government added a provision to the 2020 Law to prohibit a British minister who wants such an extension, and no extension was sought. Since March, the EU and the UK have continued regular negotiations despite the difficulties associated with the COVID 19 pandemic. The EU is conducting its negotiations on the basis of the mutually agreed political declaration. However, significant differences have not yet been resolved in some areas. These differences include fair competition, horizontal management of each agreement and fisheries. EU and UK negotiators Michel Barnier and David Frost and their teams have recently stepped up their negotiations. The clock is ticking, because an agreement must be reached quickly to have time for ratification by the European Parliament. The transitional period under the withdrawal agreement, which expires on 31 December 2020, aims to give citizens, businesses and public administrations time to prepare for the end of the transition period. At the same time, negotiations between the EU and the UK for an agreement on future relations are expected to be concluded during this period.

Here is an overview of the main information: with regard to the Irish border issue, there is a protocol on Northern Ireland (the “backstop”) which is attached to the agreement and which establishes a position of withdrawal which will only come into force if effective alternative arrangements are not demonstrated before the end of the transition period. In this case, the UK will eclipse the EU`s common external tariff and Northern Ireland will stick to aspects of the internal market until such an event is carried out. Neither party can unilaterally withdraw from this customs union. The aim of this backstop agreement is to avoid a “hard” border in Ireland, where customs controls are needed. [19] The House of Commons votes in favour of the Brexit bill. This means that the UK is on track to leave the EU on 31 January. However, the House of Lords and the European Parliament have yet to approve the agreement. The European Union and the United Kingdom have approved the withdrawal agreement. The British Parliament and the European Parliament have yet to approve the withdrawal agreement.

Formal negotiations were initiated on the basis of the “mandate for negotiations under Article 50 of the EU TREATY”, agreed between EU and UK negotiators, which sets out the structure of the negotiations, dates and priorities for the next rounds of negotiations. The transition period is not extended. The United Kingdom has stated that it does not want an extension. The option of an extension was included in the withdrawal agreement. The UK and the EU have had until 1 July 2020 to agree on a possible extension.

Posted Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 at 10:32 pm
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