What Has Been Agreed In The Withdrawal Agreement
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major said: “For generations, Britain`s word – solemnly given – has been accepted by friend and foe. Our signature on every contract or agreement was untouchable. The agreement also provides for a transitional period, which will last until 31 December 2020 and can be extended by mutual agreement. During the transitional period, EU legislation will continue to apply to the UK (including participation in the European Economic Area, the internal market and the customs union) and the UK will continue to contribute to the EU budget, but the UK will not be represented in EU decision-making bodies. The transition period will give businesses time to adapt to the new situation and the new era, so that the British and European governments can negotiate a new trade agreement between the EU and the UK.  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. 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 most important information: the British Parliament approved the draft agreement of the time by adopting, on 23 January 2020, the laws of application (the law on the withdrawal agreement 2020) of the European Union (withdrawal agreement). Following the signing of the agreement, the UK Government adopted and tabled the UK`s ratification instrument on 29 January 2020.  The agreement was ratified by the Council of the European Union on 30 January 2020, after approval by the European Parliament on 29 January 2020. The UK`s withdrawal from the EU came into force on 31 January 2020 at 11 .m GMT, when the withdrawal agreement came into force in accordance with Article 185.
The Government Withdrawal Agreement (WAB), which will take the UK out of the EU on 31 January, has passed all its stages in Parliament and has received royal approval.