Members who also rejected amendments to the House of Lords were not passed. But the withdrawal agreement, which became law yesterday, contains a major change to the previous law, which will greatly complicate the work that is before the EU and the UK in negotiations on their future relations. The withdrawal agreement negotiated by the EU and the UK provides for a period after withdrawal during which the UK, although no longer a member of the EU, will remain in the EU internal market and the EU customs union. The agreement provides that the transitional period expires on 31 December 2020, unless the UK requests it and the EU grants an extension until 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2021 or 31 December 2022. This provision was agreed because both parties understood that it would be extremely difficult to reach agreement on all relevant issues related to their future relations in the context of their future period of relations. Since the publication of our research letter, the bill has completed its passage through the House of Commons. Members of Parliament attempted to amend the bill during the committee period, but none of these amendments were adopted. At its meeting on 13 December, in the format of Article 50 – that is, without Boris Johnson – the European Council reaffirmed its desire to establish as close a relationship as possible with the United Kingdom, in line with the political declaration defining the framework for future relations between the EU and the United Kingdom. After stressing that future relations must “be based on a balance between rights and obligations and ensure a level playing field”, he called on the Commission to present to the Council, immediately after its withdrawal, a draft comprehensive mandate for future relations with the United Kingdom and called on the General Affairs Council to swiftly adopt the appropriate decisions and the negotiating mandate. And he welcomed the Commission`s decision to reinstate Michel Barnier as chief negotiator for the negotiations on future relations. A complete list of amendments to the bill. Individual amending documents are replaced by consolidated lists before changes are reviewed.
References of pages and lines in editable documents refer to the PDF version of the law. Full text of the law in its current form and other versions of the law, as they are reissued to include amendments (amendments) that were introduced when it was adopted by Parliament. But the Conservatives promised in their election platform that there would be no extension of the transition period, and Johnson reiterated that promise on numerous occasions during the election campaign. The bill, which came into force yesterday, removes a clause in the previous version that gave Members the right to authorize the extension of the transition period and replace it with a new clause prohibiting any extension of the transposition period.