Withdrawal Agreement Without Backstop

On 29 March 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May began the two-year Brexit negotiation process with a communication under Article 50 of the EU Treaty. [9] In response, the other EU countries (EU27) published their “progressive” negotiating strategy, which postponed all negotiations on the future relationship with the UK (the non-binding “Political Declaration”) until a binding withdrawal agreement was concluded: playBoris Johnson: EU `a little negative` on backstop demands Negotiations between officials resulted in a draft agreement that was signed at a meeting between Jean-Claude Juncker and Theresa May in Brussels. December 4, 2017. Progress was made on financial settlement and civil rights, but the meeting was cancelled after the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland opposed the Irish border agreements. [23] The political declaration, which is not binding, indicated the intention that there should be an ambitious, broad, deep and flexible partnership. The United Kingdom`s objectives of ending freedom of movement and pursuing its own trade policy have been defined. The declaration left open a number of possibilities for future relations. The United Kingdom`s quest for a more flexible relationship contrasted with the provisions of the backstop, which provided for a much closer relationship until the issue of a hard border on the island of Ireland was resolved. Johnson said the reaction to his call to abolish the backstop had been “a bit negative,” but “we`ll get there.” And Chancellor Merkel said in Iceland: “If we have a practical solution to ensure that the Good Friday Agreement continues to apply, then of course we do not need the backstop. The backstop has been heavily criticised by Theresa May`s opponents within her party and beyond. The proposal for voluntary approximation of the regulation was a bridge too far for them. Accepting the principle, Brexiteers, including former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who had played an important role in the Leave campaign, argued that the UK should be allowed to enter the EU`s orbit indefinitely. Receipt of the deal in the House of Commons ranged from cold to hostile and the vote was delayed by more than a month.