As the world watches with bated breath, the United Kingdom is inching towards its withdrawal from the European Union (EU). The official agreement on the terms of withdrawal, commonly known as the Withdrawal Agreement, has been a thorn in the side of the British government since its inception.
So what is the status of the Withdrawal Agreement? After months of negotiations between the EU and UK, a draft agreement was finally reached in November 2018. However, this agreement was rejected by the British Parliament three times, leading to several delays in the UK`s departure from the EU.
In January 2020, the Withdrawal Agreement was finally passed by the UK Parliament and received royal assent. This meant that the UK was officially set to leave the EU on January 31, 2020. However, the Withdrawal Agreement did not cover all aspects of the UK`s future relationship with the EU, and negotiations on this front have been ongoing.
One of the key issues in these negotiations is the Northern Ireland Protocol, which aims to prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and the Republic of Ireland (an EU member state). The Protocol, which is part of the Withdrawal Agreement, has faced significant opposition from both the EU and some UK politicians.
Despite these challenges, negotiations on the UK`s future relationship with the EU have continued. In December 2020, a new trade deal was reached between the two sides, covering issues such as tariffs, quotas, and regulations. However, the Northern Ireland Protocol remained a sticking point, and several deadlines for reaching an agreement have come and gone.
As of early 2021, the UK and EU are continuing to negotiate on the Northern Ireland Protocol and other issues related to their future relationship. The outcome of these negotiations will determine the shape of the UK`s economic and political ties with the EU for years to come.
In summary, the status of the UK Withdrawal Agreement is that it has been passed by the UK Parliament and received royal assent, but negotiations on the UK`s future relationship with the EU are ongoing. The Northern Ireland Protocol remains a key issue in these negotiations, and the outcome will have significant implications for both the UK and the EU.