A political statement on the broad outlines of future relations, already labelled in London and EU capitals, will set the parameters for the talks, with the two negotiating teams seeking to replace the terms of the UK`s 45-year accession with new arrangements. Von der Leyen said the EU would always respect the agreements that will be signed and that “we will never see that again.” The reception of the agreement in the House of Commons ranged from cold to hostile, and the vote was delayed by more than a month. Prime Minister May has received a motion of no confidence within her own party, but the EU has refused to accept further changes. Since his departure, the UK has had no say in the EU institutions. Citizens of the United Kingdom are therefore also excluded from participating in European citizens` initiatives, they do not have the right to vote in local elections in other EU countries or in elections to the European Parliament, and you do not stand for election. The protocol also contains a unilateral exit mechanism for Northern Ireland: the Northern Ireland Assembly will vote every four years on whether these rules, which require a simple majority, should be maintained. These votes take place two months before the end of each four-year period, with the first period beginning at the end of December 2020 (when the transition period is scheduled).  If the Assembly is suspended on that date, the GG vote shall be held. If the Assembly expresses inter-community support in one of these periodic votes, the protocol will apply for the next eight years instead of the usual four years.  However, if the Assembly votes against the continuation of these rules, the UK and the EU will be given two years to adopt new rules.   The withdrawal agreement did not change for citizens and businesses when the UK withdrew from the EU on 1 February 2020. The Prime Minister said his bill gave the British government the power to repeal parts of the withdrawal agreement because the EU could take “extreme and inappropriate lengths” in the treatment of the former British member.
Von der Leyen tweeted: “Charles Michel and I have just signed the agreement on the UK`s withdrawal from the EU, which paved the way for its ratification by the European Parliament.” The most important elements of the draft agreement are: The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, officially titled the United Kingdom`s withdrawal agreement from Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, is a Brexit withdrawal agreement, officially titled the United Kingdom`s withdrawal agreement from Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community. Treaty between the European Union (EU), Euratom and the United Kingdom (United Kingdom), signed on 1 January 2020, setting out the conditions for the UK`s withdrawal from the EU and Euratom. The text of the treaty was published on 17 October 2019 and is a renegotiated version of an agreement published six months earlier. The previous version of the withdrawal agreement was rejected three times by the House of Commons, leading Queen Elizabeth II to accept Theresa May`s resignation as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and appoint Boris Johnson as the new Prime Minister on 24 July 2019. The withdrawal agreement provides for a transitional period until 31 December 2020, during which time the UK will remain in the internal market, to ensure the smooth flow of trade until a long-term relationship is concluded.