A single extension of the transitional period is possible. Such an extension may not last more than two years. This should be agreed by a decision of the UK-EU Joint Committee before 1 July 2020. The UK and the EU should agree on both the duration of an extension and other conditions, such as. B the United Kingdom`s financial contribution to the EU budget for the extended period. Since January, Britain has been in a state of negotiations with other countries around the world. If the negotiations cannot be concluded successfully, there will be a “no-deal” Brexit. This finding gives an indication of the Withdrawal Agreement and the expiry of the transitional period. The new relationship between the EU and the UK will start provided that an agreement has been reached and approved by the EU Member States, the European Parliament and the British Parliament.
The coronavirus has had an impact on negotiations between the UK government and the EU. This overview examines the legal and procedural obstacles to the extension of the post-Brexit transitional period. The Joint Committee (JC) is a body created by the Withdrawal Agreement. Article 166 of the VA requires that decisions of the JC be taken by “mutual agreement” between the UK and the EU. She first met on Monday, March 30, 2020 because of the coronavirus outbreak via teleconference rather than personally. This is allowed in agreement with the Co-Chairs in accordance with Rule 4.2 of Annex VIII to the VA. The notification triggered Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union and allowed for the opening of discussions on withdrawal. In this scenario, UK and EU negotiators fail to agree on a trade deal before 1 January 2021 and no transitional extensions are agreed. However, the United Kingdom has stated categorically that it will not endeavour to extend the transitional period before 30 June 2020.
Indeed, Section 33 of the UK`s Withdrawal Agreement 2020 prohibits the UK from applying for an extension – it simply says: “A Crown Minister cannot accept an extension of the implementation period in the EU-UK Joint Committee”. An extension would therefore not only be an important political decision by the British government, but would also force the Westminster parliament to change the law. Section 39 of the 2020 Act does not allow the government to change the closing date of intellectual property, as the transition is extended. Therefore, Parliament would have to pass another law to facilitate these amendments if an extension were agreed. 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. The European Union and the United Kingdom reach a draft withdrawal agreement. The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 at midnight Eastern European Time (23:00 GMT). A transitional period now applies until 31 December 2020. During this period, all EU rules and laws continue to apply in the UK.
For businesses and the public, virtually nothing will change. This will allow everyone more time to prepare for the new agreements that the EU and the UK intend to conclude after 31 December 2020. . .