“The EU refuses to implement the two main points of the withdrawal agreement, a free trade agreement and the sovereignty of the UK,” tweeted former Conservative minister John Redwood. “No Conservative government I can imagine would ever have done such a thing. You say, “Oh yes, the withdrawal agreement was hastily negotiated and there were some mistakes.” Article 30 of the withdrawal agreement explains that the UK is once again heading for a Brexit without a deal and that the government can only ask for an extension if a trade deal is not concluded before the end of the transition period. Many MPs do not believe that a trade agreement can be concluded in such a short period of time. Trade agreements can take years, because it is incredibly complex business. Meanwhile, Downing Street suggested that “ambiguities” in the text of the Northern Ireland Agreement Protocol would remain in the treaty because Mr Johnson was rushing to meet the deadline he had set himself to withdraw the UK from the EU. “If there is no agreement on state aid,” said one EU official close to the negotiations, “it could be too smart a strategy. The time to consider the withdrawal agreement also gives Parliament time to identify possible loopholes and pitfalls hidden in the text. MPs do not trust Johnson or his government enough to ensure that a path to Brexit is not hidden anywhere. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, welcomed the vote and tweeted that it was an “important step in the process of ratifying Article 50”. He added that “equal conditions of competition remain a must for all future relations,” referring to the EU`s demand for fair competition in exchange for a free trade agreement with zero tariffs and zero quotas.
This will only happen if there is no agreement between the UK and the EU,” University Minister Richard Holden told the BBC. “If they don`t negotiate in good faith, they have already broken the withdrawal agreement.” Simon Usherwood: “The political declaration attached to the withdrawal agreement set out the ambitions of both parties to conclude a trade agreement before the end of the transition period. It did not, however, have any obligation to do so, for the simple reason that there would be no possibility of imposing such a rule. Instead, both sides promised to do their best to reach an agreement. However, the existence of the Irish Protocol precisely indicates the planning they also summarize if an agreement is not possible: that is why the “backstop” label is often referred to as “backstop” – unless a broader agreement is reached between Britain and the EU to cover the areas for which it applies. This ensures that the UK will remain in compliance with EU climate, environmental and workers` rights conventions in a future trade agreement. Whether they are trying to rush things to reach the difficult deadline of 31 October or to pass the withdrawal agreement before Parliament understands the full consequences of the law, the government is indeed moving very fast at this time. Or in the event that the Joint Committee fails to reach an agreement on products that are “threatened” by crossing the border and thus attract customs duties (according to the withdrawal agreement, default is the case if the Committee fails to reach an agreement that all products are considered threatened). The Daily Mirror reports that the Prime Minister has been criticised by many MPs for his “unprecedented” attempt to get the withdrawal deal through the House of Commons in a matter of days. “You really can`t unilaterally rewrite an international agreement,” he said. “We don`t do that. First, I think that imposing some kind of hard border threatens the Good Friday agreement in Northern Ireland.
Members are rightly wary of the speed at which the government intends to pass the withdrawal agreement through Parliament. And Joe Biden`s top foreign policy adviser suggested that the Democratic presidential candidate would see nothing friendly, which would have upset the balance of the front agreements.