The Withdrawal Agreement sets out the conditions for the UK`s orderly withdrawal from the EU. It contains detailed provisions for the dismantling of ongoing processes and agreements in a wide range of areas. Prime Minister May won a no-confidence motion against her own party, but the EU refused to accept further changes. The EU wants to continue to have a close partnership with the UK. We believe that it is possible to reach a fruitful agreement on the basis of the Political Declaration. However, it is important that we prepare for all possible outcomes of the negotiations. This includes preparing for no deal. From 1 January 2021, the UK will no longer be part of the single market or the customs union. Even if an agreement on the future relationship is reached by the end of the year, the EU`s relationship with the UK will fundamentally change and will be very different from when the UK was a member of the single market. Take, for example, the customs and tax formalities that are then necessary. Like the EU Member States, citizens and businesses in Germany and the EU as a whole must prepare for these consequences of the end of the transition period, whether or not an agreement is reached on the future partnership with the UK. The WAB turns Boris Johnson`s withdrawal agreement, which is a draft international treaty, into British law and gives the government permission to ratify it. On the side of the European Union, the European Parliament also voted in favour of ratifying the agreement on the 29th.

January 2020[40], and the Council of the European Union approved the conclusion of the agreement by email on 30 January 2020[41]. [42] Accordingly, the European Union also deposited its instrument of ratification of the Agreement on 30 January 2020, thus supplementing the Agreement[43], allowing it to enter into force at 11 .m. .