Boris Voted For Withdrawal Agreement

The Good Friday agreement was “rightly a source of admiration around the world,” but “Parliament`s act of passing this law is in itself a violation of international law” – because it violates part of the withdrawal agreement, she says. The 599-page withdrawal agreement covers the following main areas: [16] The highest terms of the law are: “Gentlemen, the Commons have passed the law on the withdrawal agreement from the European Union, to which they wish the approval of the lords.” Immediately after the announcement of a revised withdrawal agreement on October 17, 2019, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the DUP said they could not support the new agreement. [30] In the weeks that followed, May tried to secure legal changes in the so-called Irish backstop of the agreement. She was finally assured that the UK could suspend the backstop in certain circumstances. But on 12 March, Parliament voted against the revised Brexit deal by 391 votes to 242. EU heads of state or government have warned that the vote will lead to a Brexit without a conclusion. Two days later, MPs voted to delay Brexit. The Prime Minister hailed a “fantastic moment” for the country after embarking on the historic agreement that paves the way for the UK`s exit from the European Union next Friday. The withdrawal agreement also contains provisions for the United Kingdom to leave the Convention setting the status of European schools, with the United Kingdom bound by the Convention and accompanying regulations on accredited European schools until the end of the last academic year of the transition period, i.e. at the end of the spring semester 2020-2021. [20] If the UK does not ask for an extension beyond 2020, trade relations will be governed by any agreement or World Trade Organization rules from the beginning of 2021.

On the issue of the Irish border, there is a protocol on Northern Ireland (the “backstop”) which is attached to the agreement and establishes a position of withdrawal which will only come into force in the absence of effective alternative provisions before the expiry of the transition period. In this case, the UK will eclipse the EU`s common external tariff and Northern Ireland will stick to aspects of the internal market until such an event is carried out. Neither party can unilaterally withdraw from this customs union. The aim of this backstop agreement is to avoid a “hard” border in Ireland, where customs controls are needed. [19] On 29 March, the day the UK was due to leave the EU, British lawmakers voted a third time against May`s deal – and this time they rejected it by 344 votes to 286. After the recent defeat, May approached the main leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, to find a compromise, angering hardline supporters in their own Conservative party. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, welcomed the vote and tweeted that it was an “important step in the process of ratifying Article 50”. He added that “equal conditions of competition remain a must for all future relations.” He recalled the EU`s call for fair competition in exchange for a free trade agreement with zero tariffs and zero quotas. The European Parliament expects the withdrawal treaty to be ratified on 29 January, when the next steps at Westminster go ahead as planned and pave the way for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January.