Withdrawal Agreement Brexit Vote
But the latest bill would violate the Withdrawal Agreement – and thus international law – by allowing UK ministers to make previously agreed rules on Northern Ireland “ineligible” if there is no trade deal with the EU. A series of indicative votes took place on 27 March and 1 April 2019, both of which included a referendum on the Withdrawal Agreement among the proposals. All proposals failed, with those for such a referendum receiving 268 Ayes, 295 Noes and 71 abstentions (a majority of 27) in the first round and 280 Ayes, 292 Noes and 62 abstentions (a majority of 12) in the second round. In both rounds, it was the proposal that came closest to a positive majority. The same applies to a vote on the proposed programme. This is where things went wrong for Boris Johnson last time. Spoiler: This won`t happen again. And while the bill passed in Monday`s vote, it is likely to face further difficulties in its later stages, including debate in parliament`s second chamber, the House of Lords. After a strident referendum campaign, nearly 52% of British voters decided to leave the EU on 23rd June. Polls had shown a close run ahead of the vote, with a slight lead for those in favour of remaining in the EU. British Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, who had campaigned to keep Britain, acknowledged the “will of the British people” and resigned the next morning.
The agreement also provides for a transitional period, which lasts until 31 December 2020 and can be extended once by mutual agreement. During the transition period, EU law will continue to apply to the UK (including participation in the European Economic Area, the Single Market and the Customs Union) and the UK will continue to contribute to the EU budget, but the UK will not be represented in EU decision-making bodies. The transition period will give businesses time to adjust to the new situation, and the UK and EU governments time to negotiate a new EU-UK trade deal.   Charles Michel, President of the European Council, welcomed the vote and tweeted that it was an “important step in the process of ratifying Article 50”. He added: “A level playing field remains indispensable for any future relationship,” referring to the EU`s demand for fair competition in exchange for a free trade agreement with zero tariffs and zero quotas. The European Parliament plans to ratify the withdrawal agreement on 29 January, if the next steps in Westminster go as planned and pave the way for the UK`s withdrawal from the EU on 31 January. May tried in the following weeks to secure legal changes to the so-called Irish backstop of the deal. She was eventually assured that Britain could suspend the backstop under certain circumstances. .