Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Extension

The political declaration provides that the EU-UK agreement on future relations will essentially be an economic and security partnership. In accordance with the political declaration, the 27 EU Member States agreed on 25 February 2020 on the negotiating mandate of the European Commission, which is negotiating on behalf of the Member States on future relations between the EU and the UNITED Kingdom. On this basis, the EU`s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, presented in mid-March a draft comprehensive agreement on the new partnership with the UK, to which other elements were added. You can find this and the others on the UK Task Force`s website. If compliance is still not restored as a result of these measures, the parties are allowed to appropriately suspend the application of the withdrawal agreement itself, with the exception of the rights of citizens or parties to other agreements between the Union and the United Kingdom. The transitional period under the withdrawal agreement expires on 31 December 2020. It is no longer possible to extend this period. This would have required a joint decision on an extension until 1 July 2020. The United Kingdom has missed this deadline. It seems reasonable and logical to have an extension because, for example, Prime Minister Boris Johnson wins the British general election. It is therefore likely that the Brexit deal will soon be adopted. If the British Parliament approves the agreement, the European Parliament can vote on it in January.

The EU wants to continue to forge a close partnership with the UK. We believe that it is possible to reach a fruitful agreement on the basis of the political declaration. However, it is important that we prepare for all possible outcomes of the negotiations. This includes preparing not to reach an agreement. 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. On 22 October, the British Parliament agreed to review the Brexit Act. But she decided it took longer than the British Prime Minister had proposed. This means that it is no longer possible to withdraw with an agreement on the planned date of Brexit, 31 October. The Brexit deal will not come into force until the Brexit law is passed by the British Parliament. During the transition period, the UK is no longer a member state, but remains in the EU customs union and the internal market and remains bound by obligations under all EU international agreements.