Brexit Agreement Bill

“It`s time to do Brexit. This bill does that,” Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay told MPs, summarizing the hours of debate in Parliament. A number of clauses in the previous version of the law have been deleted. These include: on 15 November 2018, when the agreement was presented and received the support of the British government`s cabinet, several members of the government, including Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, resigned. [28] The 2019 revisions also adapted elements of the political declaration and replaced the word “appropriate” with “appropriate” with respect to labour standards. According to Sam Lowe, a fellow at the Centre for European Reform, the amendment excludes labour standards from dispute settlement mechanisms. [27] In addition, the mechanism for a level playing field has been moved from the legally binding Withdrawal Agreement to the Political Declaration[24] and the line in the Political Declaration that “the UK will consider aligning itself with EU legislation in relevant areas” has been deleted. [26] The most important elements of the draft agreement are:[21] The Withdrawal Agreement provides for a transitional period until 31 December 2020, during which the United Kingdom will remain in the internal market to ensure a smooth flow of trade until a long-term relationship is agreed. In the absence of an agreement on that date, the UK will leave the internal market on 1 January 2021 without a trade agreement. The Withdrawal Agreement is closely linked to a non-binding political declaration on the future relationship between the EU and the UK.

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