Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Trade Deals
After 31 December 2020, EU trade agreements will no longer apply to the UK. After an unprecedented vote on 4 December 2018, MEPs ruled that the UK government was not respecting Parliament because it refused to give Parliament full legal advice on the consequences of its proposed withdrawal terms.  The focus of the consultation was on the legal effect of the “backstop” agreement for Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom with regard to the CUSTOMS border between the EU and the United Kingdom and its impact on the Good Friday agreement that led to the end of the unrest in Northern Ireland, including whether , according to the proposals, the UK would be certain that it would be able to leave the EU in a practical sense. As we prepare for the next rounds of negotiations, I would like to reiterate the government`s position on the transition period established after we leave the EU. The transition will end on December 31 of this year. We will not ask to extend it. If the EU asks for it, we will say no. An extension would simply prolong the negotiations, create even more uncertainty, pay us more in the future to the EU and keep us bound by European laws under development at a time when we have to control our own affairs. In short, it is not in the UK`s interest to expand. When EU trade agreements are in force, the content of the UK and THE EU will apply to the rules of origin of EU trade agreements until 31 December 2020. The bill was published with comments on September 9, 2020. The following day, on Thursday 10 September 2020, the Vice-President of the EU-UK Joint Committee, EU Commissioner Maroé Efsovic, at an extraordinary meeting in London, raised the EU`s concerns with Michael Gove and said that the adoption of the law “would constitute an extremely serious violation of the withdrawal agreement and international law”.  The EU has called for the law to be withdrawn before the end of September, adding that “the European Union will not be reluctant” to use mechanisms and remedies to remedy violations of the legal obligations contained in the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
 Gove stated that it had been “perfectly clear” that the United Kingdom would not withdraw the bill, which commentators said could mean the end of trade negotiations.  A week of negotiations began on April 20 by videoconference. Issues to be addressed included future trade relations, security policy, trade rules and the controversial issue of fishing rights.  In informing reporters at the end of the week, Mr. Barnier expressed his disappointment and frustration at the lack of progress.  In a commentary to The Guardian, “a British spokesperson openly questioned the value of the agreement offered by Brussels in relation to a non-agreement result.”  According to The Guardian, “both parties to the discussions realized that there is little chance of reaching agreement on the most controversial issues without a major setback.”  The Financial Times called the week`s negotiations a “service […] that the UK and the EU are trying to negotiate fundamentally different projects.  The agreement defines and provides the personal breadth of citizens, family members, border workers, host states and nationals. Article 11 deals with continuity of stay and Article 12 deals with non-discrimination (i.e., it would be prohibited to discriminate on the basis of nationality).