Eu Withdrawal Agreement Wording

The agreement notes that the economic costs will be lower than those of a no deal and that they will be spread over a much longer period. On 19 July 2018, the government confirmed in the House of Commons that the UK would leave the EU on 29 March 2019, in accordance with the Withdrawal Act and the White Paper. [Citation required] Dominic Raab`s new British Foreign Secretary`s first meeting with the EU`s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, took place later on the same day (19 July 2018) in Brussels. Raab offered to meet Barnier in August to “intensify” the talks, while both the UK and the EU have insisted that an agreement by the autumn on the UK`s withdrawal in March 2019 is still high on the table. [24] Critics say this is intertwined with the sovereignty of Parliament. But for me, this is a mistake. Under national law, the UK Parliament could still act outside the proposed review procedure, which makes any decision to end backstop agreements a common issue to be decided with the EU. But if the UK acts unilaterally, it would have to suffer considerable international consequences and almost certainly lose any chance of negotiating a future free trade agreement with the EU. This would be a costly decision, but in this sense Parliament should not regard the backstop as a restriction of its legal sovereignty.

The transition will end on 31 December 2020, although the Joint Committee, co-chaired by the United Kingdom and the European Union for the follow-up of the withdrawal process, “may adopt a single decision to extend the transitional period until [31 December 20XX]”. As both sides are mindful that the Withdrawal Agreement cannot establish a lasting future relationship, there are complex provisions regarding the so-called Irish backstop. . . .