The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Status: What You Need to Know
Brexit has been a hot topic for quite some time now, and it`s not about to go away anytime soon. One of the most important aspects of Brexit is the Withdrawal Agreement, which lays out the terms of the UK`s exit from the European Union. But what is the current status of the Withdrawal Agreement?
To answer that question, let`s first recap what the Withdrawal Agreement entails. It covers a wide range of issues, from the financial settlement the UK owes the EU, to the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU, to the Northern Ireland border. The Agreement was negotiated over several years and was finally approved by the UK and the EU in late 2019.
However, the Withdrawal Agreement has not yet been fully implemented. This is because the UK and the EU are still negotiating their future relationship, in areas such as trade, security, and fisheries. The deadline for reaching an agreement was originally set for October 2020, but it was extended to December 31, 2020.
As of this writing, the UK and the EU have not yet reached a deal on their future relationship. Negotiations have been ongoing for months, but significant differences remain. One of the main sticking points is the issue of state aid. The EU wants the UK to agree to follow its rules on state aid, while the UK wants greater flexibility to support its own industries.
Another area of disagreement is fisheries. The UK wants to take back control of its waters and negotiate access for EU fishing fleets on an annual basis. The EU wants continued access to UK waters and a longer-term agreement.
Despite these differences, both sides have said that they want to reach a deal. The UK has set a deadline of December 31, 2020 for a deal to be reached, which would give both sides time to ratify the agreement before the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31, 2020.
So what does this mean for businesses and individuals? The lack of a deal could lead to disruptions in trade, increased bureaucracy at the border, and potential job losses. However, both sides have said that they want to minimize these disruptions and that they are working towards a deal that is in the best interests of both the UK and the EU.
In conclusion, the status of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement is that it has been agreed upon but not yet fully implemented. Negotiations on the UK and EU`s future relationship are ongoing, with a deadline of December 31, 2020 for a deal to be reached. Businesses and individuals should stay informed and prepare for potential disruptions, but also remain hopeful that a deal can be reached that will minimize these disruptions.