Withdrawal Agreement Clause No Extension

by lobo October 16, 2021  

The prime minister promised during the election campaign that he would not ask for an extension of the transition period – and convinced Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage to resign candidates for Conservative seats. The clause that gives MEPs the right to accept an extension of the transition period. RECOGNISING that, in order for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the Union in an orderly manner, it is also necessary to lay down in a separate Protocol to this Agreement the specific arrangements for Gibraltar applicable, in particular during the transitional period, five clauses were added to the WAB which were not included in the original WAB in October. These concern: as regards the procedures referred to in Article 29(2), (3) and (4) of Directive 2009/81/EC, Article 33(2) to (5) of Directive 2014/24/EU and Article 51(2) of Directive 2014/25/EU on the implementation of the following framework agreements concluded by contracting authorities or contracting entities of the Member States or the United Kingdom; including the award of contracts on the basis of these framework agreements: in order to facilitate the most efficient transfer of such equipment, the United Kingdom and the Community shall take the necessary legal measures to release the Community from its obligations and responsibilities under its Agreement of 25 March 1994 with British Nuclear Fuels PLC (now Sellafield Ltd). The United Kingdom shall continue to be entitled to its share of the amounts recovered under Member States` guarantees and to the balance of its appeal account in its Member States. The share of the United Kingdom referred to in this subparagraph shall be proportionate to its respective participation in each guarantee agreement. Negotiations on the future agreement between the EU and the UK will continue in the coming months. This could lead to something acceptable to governments and parliaments on both sides of the Channel and the North Sea. The process of signing this agreement on time takes a few weeks, which means it should be ready by November 26 at the latest. A subsequent agreement would also be possible, but then it would be inevitable that there would be some sort of trade barrier between the EU and the UK from 1 January 2021. Even a “free trade agreement” would still create a barrier at the border. In this context, “free trade” means nothing more than “no tariffs, no quotas”.

A “no deal” situation would be worse. .


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