Any final agreement must not undermine the “integrity of the internal market and customs union and the indivisibility of the four freedoms,” namely the free movement of goods, services, capital and people, the document says. The agreement was revised as part of the Johnson Department renegotiation in 2019. The amendments fit about 5% of the text The EU and the UK have reached an agreement on the withdrawal agreement with a revised protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland (abolition of the backstop) and a revised political declaration. On the same day, the European Council (Article 50) approved these texts. However, the right of British citizens to move freely within the bloc after Brexit – as they currently can – remains in the air and is the subject of a possible future agreement. This applies to those who wish to retain as many of the UK`s EU benefits as possible. It was this part of the withdrawal agreement that led to its defeat in January, thanks to the hostility of Eurosceptics and trade unionists in Northern Ireland. But even if May and her deal survive, which becomes less and less likely, the deal calls for the government to decide before June 2020 whether it wants to extend the transition period, whether it wants to enter the backstop deal in Northern Ireland or if it wants to enter a permanent customs union, all of which would be an abomination for Brexits. As the third anniversary of the Brexit referendum approaches, the UK has failed to win Parliament`s approval on a withdrawal agreement three times, twice extended the exit period, held planned European general elections and pressured its Prime Minister to announce his resignation date. Here is a non-exhaustive guide on what the agreement says overall, what is controversial (and why), the likelihood of the Prime Minister going through Parliament, and what might happen next.
The two sides agreed to “build and improve the only customs territory” already negotiated in the draft withdrawal agreement. The DUP argues that Northern Ireland`s commitment to internal market rules would create a new regulatory border with the UK. The leadership is led by a joint committee made up of representatives from the European Union and the British government.