Withdrawal Agreement Extension Deadline

The coronavirus has affected negotiations between the UK government and the EU. This overview examines the legal and procedural obstacles to an extension of the transition period after Brexit. The House of Commons votes in favour of the Brexit bill. This means that the UK is on track to leave the EU on 31 January. However, the House of Lords and the European Parliament have not yet approved the agreement. All of this indicated that a decision on the extension was to be made by July 1, 2020, as requested by various corporate groups. That will not happen. However, never rule out the ingenuity of EU lawyers when they are forced to find an imaginative solution in the autumn to get around the problem. During the transition period, the UK is no longer a Member State, but remains in the EU`s Customs Union and Single Market, remaining bound by obligations under all EU international agreements. After the British House of Lords passed the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act on 22 January, the law received the Queen`s Royal Convention. The European Parliament approved the agreement on 29th January. The EU and the UK reach a provisional agreement on citizens` rights and the Brexit financial settlement. The rules that apply to citizens and businesses who wish to move, work or study in another country after the end of the transition period will largely depend on the outcome of the ongoing negotiations on the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

If no agreement is reached, the rules and regulations applicable to third countries outside the EU must be applied. On 17 October 2019, the UK and the EU agreed on the terms of the UK`s withdrawal from the EU (Brexit) and on a transition period until 31 December 2020. On 22nd October the British Parliament agreed to review the Brexit legislation. But he decided it needed longer than the British Prime Minister had proposed. This means that a withdrawal with an agreement on the scheduled Brexit date of 31 October is no longer possible. The Brexit deal will not come into force until the Brexit law is passed by the UK Parliament. The Joint Committee (JCC) is a body established by the Withdrawal Agreement. Article 166 of the Withdrawal Agreement requires that JC decisions be taken by “mutual agreement” between the UK and the EU. She first met – due to the coronavirus outbreak via conference call rather than in person – on Monday, March 30, 2020. This is permitted in agreement with the Co-Chairs in accordance with Rule 4.2 of Annex VIII to the AO.

In other words, if the government wanted to accept an extension in the JC, it would first have to ensure that Section 15A is repealed in domestic law. This would mean that another act of parliament would have to be passed first. Prior to withdrawal, a withdrawal agreement was negotiated to ensure that the main political and economic ties between the EU and the UK are not severed overnight after withdrawal. This agreement has been in force since 1 February 2020, the day the UK left the EU. It provides for a transitional period until the 31st. December 2020, in which EU law will continue to apply to the UK and the UK will remain an integral part of the EU single market and the EU customs union. The EU and the UK are negotiating their future relationship during this transition period. The Political Declaration on the Future Relationship agreed by both parties accompanies the Withdrawal Agreement and sets the framework for the negotiations. The deadline for extending the transition has now expired. .