Boris Withdrawal Agreement Bill
After an unprecedented vote on 4 December 2018, MEPs ruled that the UK government was not respecting Parliament because it refused to give Parliament full legal advice on the consequences of its proposed withdrawal terms.  The focus of the consultation was on the legal effect of the « backstop » agreement for Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom with regard to the CUSTOMS border between the EU and the United Kingdom and its impact on the Good Friday agreement that led to the end of the unrest in Northern Ireland, including whether , according to the proposals, the UK would be certain that it would be able to leave the EU in a practical sense. The agreement defines the goods, services and processes associated with them. Any provision of goods or services legally put on the market before leaving the EU may be made available to consumers in the UK or in the EU Member States (Article 40-41). A number of clauses in the previous version of the act have been removed. These include the need to ratify the withdrawal agreement by the European Parliament. Under the current withdrawal agreement, the UK must inform Brussels of all state aid decisions that would affect the Northern Irish product market, as part of efforts to maintain a level playing field for UK and European companies. After back-reacting to reports that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering ejecting important parts of the UK`s withdrawal from the EU, this round of negotiations could be the last chance to reach an agreement. 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.   Irish Foreign Minister Simon Covney, who had been involved in negotiating the initial withdrawal agreement, tweeted that any effort to change it would be « a very ill-advised way of continuing. » Mr Johnson defended the government`s approach after acknowledging that the new law governing trade after Brexit in Britain and Northern Ireland is contrary to international law. The withdrawal agreement began its progress in the House of Commons shortly after Johnson won his 80-person majority in December.