The UK is now in a transition period with the EU until 31 December 2020, which means it is still following EU rules and trade stays the same.
The WA keeps Northern Ireland under the EU’s thumb with respect to regulations and state aid rules int the event of the UK and EU not agreeing a trade deal by the end of 2020 — a concession by the British in the name of maintaining the open border.
The move follows a statement from Frost’s EU counterpart, Michael Barnier. Addressing EU lawmakers in Brussels, Barnier said that “despite the difficulties we’ve faced, an agreement is within reach if both sides are willing to work constructively, if they are willing to compromise.”
Johnson’s move to try to override part of the Northern Ireland protocol has put Brexit talks at risk but Lewis told MPs the new legislation, which would “clarify” part of the special arrangements on Northern Ireland, was designed as “limited and reasonable steps to create a safety net” in the event that talks collapse.
In fewer than 100 days, Brexit will have been completed. Britain will be outside the European Union customs union and the internal market. But Brexit poses questions for the EU as well as for Britain. It challenges what might be called the ideology of Europe. It is, after all, a serious matter for a democratic […]
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood told the BBC’s Westminster Hour: “It’s absolutely astonishing that any government who says they want to go and do trade deals around the world would just rip up an agreement that they made a few months ago with the EU.
There are only two options left: Boris Johnson makes another U-turn and signs a deal in two weeks’ time. Or he adopts a hard course and accepts the consequences — from rising food prices to endless lines of trucks queuing at the ferry port in Dover. Then the Europeans will just have to accept that […]
“The prime minister emphasised that progress must be made in the coming days to bridge the significant gaps, notably in the areas of fisheries and the level playing field, through the process of intensive talks between chief negotiators agreed with the president of the European Commission.
In France, Spain and in the Netherlands, I spoke to fishermen and heard the same things – a frustration with the political process, a lack of resentment towards British fishermen, and, to quote one of Brexit’s greatest hits, a sense that no-deal would be better than a bad deal.
Confirming that his government would pause the Withdrawal Agreement Bill Mr Johnson said: “I will speak to EU member states about their intentions until they have reached a decision – until we reach a decision I will say – we will pause this legislation.”