Brexit Part 3
Steps taken in 2018
The Twenty-Seven agreed on 29 January 2018 on the duration of the post-Brexit transition period , which will last for 21 months, from 30 March 2019 to 30 December 2020. This will allow both parties to prepare their future relations more serenely, including through trade agreements. It may be extended once, for a maximum of two years, according to a complementary decision taken on November 22, 2018.
But the negotiations began to skate on the practical implementation of the main principles agreed in December 2017. The Irish question divides more than ever. On November 13, 2018, the British government finally announced that a general agreement on the exit of the United Kingdom from the EU was found in Brussels. The latter would temporarily avoid the reinstatement of a physical border between the two Ireland by keeping the whole United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU. Approved by the cabinet of Theresa May the following day, this compromise must however, to avoid the “no-deal” and the brutal exit without “safety net”, still to be ratified by the British Parliament before the end of the year 2018 A game far from won.
Indeed, from November 15, several members of the British government resign to mark their opposition to the agreement.
On 22 November, while Theresa May sees the threat of a vote of no confidence in her favour, London and Brussels also announce the publication of a ” political declaration “, framing the continuation of negotiations on their post-Brexit relations. .
This 30-page document must be endorsed by all member states, along with the withdrawal agreement, on the occasion of an extraordinary summit held in Brussels on 25 November.
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