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. If no agreement is reached by then, the UK will leave the single market without a trade deal on 1 January 2021. The withdrawal agreement is closely linked to a non-binding political declaration on future relations between the EU and the UK. If passed, the bill would be an « extremely serious violation » of the withdrawal agreement and international law. The other 27 EU member states are ready to authorise the Report in the UK (the UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019). If the UK Parliament approves the withdrawal agreement by 29 March, Brexit will be delayed until 22 May to allow time to pass the necessary legislation. If the British Parliament does not approve the deal by then, Brexit will be delayed until 12 April. The Council (Article 50) adopted a decision on the signing of the withdrawal agreement. It also approved a draft decision on the conclusion of the withdrawal agreement and decided to send this draft decision to the European Parliament for approval. At the end of the round of negotiations, a note was published, which included points of convergence and differences of opinion on the issue of citizens` rights.
The European Council approved the revised withdrawal agreement within the framework of the EU-27 and approved the revised political declaration adopted on 17 October 2019 by EU and UK negotiators. The agreement would allow the UK to leave the European Union in an orderly exit. Following the decision of EU heads of state or government on 10 April to extend Article 50, the Council (Article 50) adopted a decision amending its decision of 11 January 2019 on the signing of the withdrawal agreement. The European Council (Article 50) adopted a decision formalising the political agreement reached on 21 March 2019 on the extension of the Article 50 period. In accordance with the treaties, the decision was taken in agreement with the United Kingdom.