What Is Wrong With Brexit Withdrawal Agreement
Since March, the EU and the UK have continued regular negotiations despite the difficulties associated with the COVID 19 pandemic. The EU is conducting its negotiations on the basis of the mutually agreed political declaration. However, significant differences have not yet been resolved in some areas. These differences include fair competition, horizontal management of each agreement and fisheries. EU and UK negotiators Michel Barnier and David Frost and their teams have recently stepped up their negotiations. The clock is ticking, because an agreement must be reached quickly to have time for ratification by the European Parliament. The move, which was first reported by the Financial Times, would reduce parts of the UK`s agreement with the EU on state aid and customs regimes for Northern Ireland. It goes without saying that the British government believes that the original protocol is ambiguous enough to allow for a change of interpretation – a view that should be hotly contested by Brussels. Boris Johnson is drafting legislation to end the Brexit withdrawal deal on Northern Ireland, a step that threatens the collapse of the crisis talks, which the Prime Minister has said must be concluded within five weeks. The agreement defines and provides the personal breadth of citizens, family members, border workers, host countries and nationals. Article 11 deals with continuity of stay and Article 12 deals with non-discrimination (i.e., it would be prohibited to discriminate on the basis of nationality). One of the most important provisions of the withdrawal agreement is that at this point, anyone with more than one known government would know that this is unthinkable.
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 agreement also provides for a transitional period that extends until 31 December 2020 and can be extended by mutual agreement.