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The revised deal on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

In the midst of high political drama at Westminster, Sarah Atherton, Senior Researcher in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) sets out the details of Boris Johnson’s revised deal. 

On 17 October it was announced that the UK and the EU had reached agreement on a deal for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The announcement means that a deal has been agreed at negotiator level. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson MP, and President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, have both welcomed the deal. Mr Juncker saying that he recommends the European Council endorses the deal. The revised Withdrawal Agreement still needs the approval of the UK Parliament and the European parliament.

This blog will briefly outline the key elements of the revised Withdrawal Agreement which focuses on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. The arrangements would come into place from 2021, after the end of the transition period.

Much of the previous Withdrawal Agreement still stands. On Monday 26 November, SPICe produced a briefing on the Withdrawal Agreement entitled the UK’s departure from the European Union.

The backstop which has been controversial has been removed.

Northern Ireland will remain a part of the UK’s customs territory but will also…

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