On 23 March 2018, EU and UK negotiators reached an agreement on the draft withdrawal agreement allowing the European Council (Article 50) to adopt guidelines for the framework for future eu-UK relations. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Covney, who was involved in negotiating the initial withdrawal agreement, tweeted that any effort to change it would be «a very ill-advised way of continuing.» The 2019 revisions also adapted elements of the political declaration and replaced the word «appropriate» with «appropriate» with respect to labour standards. According to Sam Lowe, a trade fellow at the Centre for European Reform, the amendment excludes labour standards from dispute resolution mechanisms.  In addition, the Equal Competition Mechanism has been postponed from the legally binding withdrawal agreement to the political declaration, and the line of the political statement that «the United Kingdom will consider taking into account alignment with trade union rules in the relevant areas» has been removed.  The EU and the United Kingdom have reached an agreement on the withdrawal agreement with a revised protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland (abolition of the «backstop») and a revised political declaration. On the same day, the European Council (Article 50) approved these texts. The only significant difference between May`s withdrawal agreement and Johnson`s revised version is the Northern Ireland Protocol. Under The Johnson Agreement, there would be no hard border on the island of Ireland, as Northern Ireland would continue to be aligned with EU internal market rules for goods and would apply a dual customs system that would apply the EU common external tariff to all products entering Northern Ireland but destined for the EU. The result is additional border controls and trade barriers between Britain and Northern Ireland, which is why the Democratic Union Party rejects the agreement. The withdrawal agreement also contains provisions for the United Kingdom to leave the Convention setting the status of European schools, with the United Kingdom bound by the Convention and accompanying regulations on accredited European schools until the end of the last academic year of the transition period, i.e. at the end of the spring semester 2020-2021.  Citizens` rights provisions were adopted by the UK and the EU in the draft withdrawal agreement in March 2018. There are no substantial changes or additions, except in the rights provisions of nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Ministers say the new law will set specific circumstances if the UK can repeal parts of the withdrawal agreement ratified last year. The declaration on the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom, also known as the Political Declaration, is a non-binding declaration, negotiated and signed at the same time as the mandatory and broader withdrawal agreement on the uk`s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), known as Brexit, and the planned end of the transition period. But the Conservatives may decide that a comprehensive trade and partnership agreement is more important than sticking to their own deadline, not least because breaking the promise of an extension can be seen as more politically tasty than looking at the consequences of a non-agreement. However, it is unlikely that Johnson will apply for it until June 2020. If the request for an extension came after June, we would be in legally murky waters. Overall, perhaps the simplest phase of the negotiations is behind us. On the European Union side, the European Parliament also approved the ratification of the agreement on 29 January 2020 and the Council of the European Union approved the conclusion of the agreement by e-mail on 30 January 2020.  That is why, on 30 January 2020, the European Union also tabled its instrument for ratifying the agreement, concluding the agreement and allowing it to enter into force on the date of the UK`s withdrawal from the EU at 11 .m.