The United Kingdom officially confirmed on Friday that it would not ask for an extension of the Brexit transition period beyond December 31, British Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove said. The European Union and the United Kingdom have approved the Withdrawal Agreement. The British Parliament and the European Parliament have yet to approve the Withdrawal Agreement. If compliance is still not restored after these steps, the Parties may proportionately suspend the application of the Withdrawal Agreement itself, with the exception of citizens` rights or parts of other agreements between the Union and the United Kingdom. The agreement was revised as part of the Johnson Ministry`s renegotiation in 2019. The amendments adapt about 5% of the text.  This means that if the government wanted to accept an extension in the JC, it would first have to ensure that section 15A is repealed in domestic law. This would mean that another act of parliament would have to be passed first. On 17 October 2019, the UK and the EU agreed on the terms of the UK`s withdrawal from the EU (Brexit) and on a transition period until 31 December 2020. The idea behind the transition period is to give some respite while new negotiations between the UK and the EU take place. The application of the Common Fisheries Policy in the United Kingdom will continue during the transition period, as will the EU`s justice and home affairs policy.
The 599-page Withdrawal Agreement covers the following key areas The rights of non-Irish citizens who move after the end of the transition period between the UK and the EU will be subject to future negotiations. This overview removes legal and procedural hurdlees – both in the Withdrawal Agreement and in UK law – for an extension of the UK`s post-Brexit transition period with the EU. The transitional period shall not be extended. The UK has said it does not want an extension. The option of an extension has been included in the Withdrawal Agreement. The UK and the EU had until 1 July 2020 to agree on a possible extension. However, the EU wants a comprehensive agreement that covers all aspects of the future relationship, while the UK argues that there should be a number of separate agreements, including a basic free trade agreement. Section 39 of the 2020 Act does not allow the government to change the completion date of intellectual property as the transition is extended. Therefore, Parliament would have to pass another law to facilitate these changes if an extension were agreed. The new relationship will only become clear at the end of the negotiations, at the end of the transition period.
The new agreements will enter into force after the transition period, which ends on 31 December 2020. .