The Withdrawal Agreement entered into force on 1 February 2020, after being agreed on 17 October 2019 with the Political Declaration establishing the framework for the future EU-UK partnership. This protocol also provides for a unilateral withdrawal mechanism for Northern Ireland: the Northern Ireland Assembly will vote every four years on the continuation of these agreements, for which a simple majority is required. These votes take place two months before the end of each four-year period, the first starting at the end of December 2020 (the date on which the transitional period is expected to end).  If the Assembly is suspended on that date, arrangements are made to allow MLA to vote. If the General Assembly expresses its inter-municipal support in one of these periodic votes, the minutes will apply for the next eight years instead of the usual four.  However, if the Assembly votes against the continuation of these agreements, there will be a two-year deadline for the UK and the EU to agree on new agreements.   In addition to an agreement on goods, the UK also wants an agreement on services, which made up a large part of its economy. This is not part of the discussions, but separate agreements on issues such as banking are still possible. Since its departure, it has done business with 50 of these countries to continue trading in the same way. It is unlikely that the UK will be on the move to do business with everyone else before the end of the year.
This triggered Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, which sets out the procedure for a member state`s exit from the Union and introduces a two-year countdown to withdrawal. The council was made public the next day. The question was: “What is the legal impact of the UK`s approval of the Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement concerning Ireland and Northern Ireland, in particular its effect in conjunction with Articles 5 and 184 of the Main Withdrawal Agreement?” The Council was: The agreement covers issues such as money, citizens` rights, border rules and dispute settlement. It also contains a transition period and an overview of the future relationship between the UK and the EU. It was published on 14 November 2018 and was the result of the Brexit negotiations. The agreement was approved by the heads of state and government of the remaining 27 EU countries and by the British government led by Prime Minister Theresa May, but it met with opposition from the British parliament, whose approval was required for ratification. . . .