The 2019 revisions also adapted elements of the political declaration and replaced the word “appropriate” with “appropriate” with respect to labour standards. According to Sam Lowe, a trade fellow at the Centre for European Reform, the amendment excludes labour standards from dispute resolution mechanisms.  In addition, the Equal Competition Mechanism has been postponed from the legally binding withdrawal agreement to the political declaration, and the line of the political statement that “the United Kingdom will consider taking into account alignment with trade union rules in the relevant areas” has been removed.  On 22 October 2019, the House of Commons agreed, by 329 votes to 299, to give a second reading to the revised withdrawal agreement (negotiated by Boris Johnson earlier this month), but when the accelerated timetable it had proposed did not receive the necessary parliamentary support, Johnson announced that the legislation would be paused.   Immediately after the announcement of a revised withdrawal agreement on October 17, 2019, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the DUP declared that they could not support the new agreement.  Some believe that the absolute final deadline could even be slightly postponed. Given that the Brexit process is unique and the time required for ratification is not set, it is ultimately difficult to predict precisely the final deadline for an agreement. This process is called ratification. It can take different forms, from the simple signature to the vote of Parliament, and determine the internal rules of a state or organization, which is considered sufficient. In the EU, for example, ratification is not completed until the corresponding decision is published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Parliament`s coordination group in the United Kingdom, led by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman David McAllister (EPP, DE), will work with the EU Task Force on Relations with the UK and will work with the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Committee on International Trade and all other relevant committees. The Pe will closely monitor the work of EU negotiator Michel Barnier and will continue to influence the negotiations through resolutions. The final agreement must be approved by the whole of Parliament. “If the British authorities violate or threaten to violate or violate the withdrawal agreement by UK internal market law in its current form or otherwise, the European Parliament will not in any way ratify an agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom,” the chairs of the European Parliament`s political groups and members of the British Coordination Group said in a joint statement. Shortly after the agreement, EU heads of state and government agreed. For an agreement with the United Kingdom, this would probably involve the conclusions of a European Council summit. The agreement also provides for a transitional period, which will last until 31 December 2020 and can be extended by mutual agreement. During the transitional period, EU legislation will continue to apply to the UK (including participation in the European Economic Area, the internal 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 adapt to the new situation and the new era, so that the British and European governments can negotiate a new trade agreement between the EU and the UK.   Normally, a treaty must be submitted to Parliament for 21 days of session before ratification can take place. However, this process can be expedited if necessary. If, in this case, either the House of Commons or the Lords pass a motion against ratification, the government must submit a statement to Parliament explaining its justification for ratification.