The Withdrawal Agreement provides for a transitional period until 31 December 2020, during which the United Kingdom will remain in the internal market to ensure smooth trade until a long-term relationship is agreed. In the absence of an agreement on that date, the UK will leave the internal market on 1 January 2021 without a trade agreement. The Withdrawal Agreement is closely linked to a non-binding political declaration on the future relationship between the EU and the UK. The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement officially entitled « Withdrawal Agreement of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community » is a treaty signed on 24 January 2020 between the European Union (EU), Euratom and the United Kingdom (UK), which sets out the conditions for the United Kingdom`s exit from the EU and Euratom. The text of the treaty was published on 17 October 2019 and is a renegotiated version of an agreement published six months earlier. The previous version of the Withdrawal Agreement was rejected three times by the House of Commons, leading Queen Elizabeth II to accept Theresa May`s resignation as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and appoint Boris Johnson as the new Prime Minister on 24 July 2019. The 2019 revisions also adapted elements of the political declaration and replaced the word « appropriate » with « appropriate » with respect to labour standards. According to Sam Lowe, a fellow at the Centre for European Reform, the amendment excludes labour standards from dispute settlement mechanisms.  In addition, the mechanism for a level playing field has been moved from the legally binding Withdrawal Agreement to the Political Declaration and the line in the Political Declaration that « the UK will consider aligning itself with EU legislation in relevant areas » has been deleted.  On a more general level, the Article 26 proposal ignores the recent emphasis by the European institutions on the rule of law and will most likely not go unnoticed in Brussels.
Following the July 2019 Communication « Strengthening the Rule of Law in the Union – An Action Plan », which has received broad support from Member States in recent months to introduce the concept of conditionality of the rule of law, the new Commission is pursuing a project to strengthen the rule of law. The new European Parliament has also recently focused on the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary in Poland under the article 7(1) procedure. In this dominant climate, the UK`s respect for the rule of law would be at the top of the agenda if the UK-EU trade relationship were to be approved by Member States and the European Parliament in the course of 2020. This page was updated after the introduction of EU law (Withdrawal Agreement) December 2019 After the entry into force of the CEM, the Withdrawal Agreement must also be ratified by the European Parliament. The agreement was revised as part of the Johnson Ministry`s renegotiation in 2019. The amendments adapt about 5% of the text.  The European Union Withdrawal Agreement (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2019-20 will pave the way for the UK to ratify the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement and leave the European Union (EU) shortly after receiving its third reading in the House of Commons last week. This article examines some of the important consequences of the introduction of the law and, in particular, the controversial but little-debated Term 26, which (as Lord Pannick said in a recent Times article) needs to be scrutinized particularly closely.
publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/58-01/0001/20001.pdf On 22 January 2020, the Act was passed by the House of Lords without further amendment. The next day she received the royal clusters.   After an unprecedented vote on 4 December 27, 2018, MPs decided that the UK government was not respecting Parliament because it refused to give Parliament the full legal advice it was given on the impact of its proposed withdrawal conditions.  The central point of the opinion concerned the legal effect of the Backstop Agreement on Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom with regard to the customs border between the European Union and the United Kingdom and its impact on the Good Friday Agreement that led to the end of the unrest in Northern Ireland, and in particular on the security of the United Kingdom, to be able to leave the EU in practice, in accordance with the draft proposals. . . . .