Complex negotiations were concluded in October 2019 with a withdrawal agreement and a political declaration paving the way for an ordered withdrawal on 31 January 2020. On 3 February 2020, the European Commission recommended that the Council begin negotiations for a new partnership with the UNITED Kingdom. “If they decide not to impose tariffs, they will also have to lower tariffs with the United States and the rest of the world,” he said. “And it would take us for ourselves too.” Council President Donald Tusk, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU-27 leaders have repeatedly said that the withdrawal agreement will not and cannot be renegotiated. On 11 June, for example, Juncker said that the agreement was not a treaty between Himself and Theresa May, but between the UK and the EU, and that it should be “respected by the next British Prime Minister.” The EU has hinted that it will be open to further clarifications and additions to the political declaration, but that the withdrawal agreement will remain as it is. He said the 27 heads of state and government rejected any request from May`s successor next month to resume Brexit negotiations on the withdrawal deal, which is linked to citizens` rights, the Irish border and the money Britain owes the EU. The financial provisions of the withdrawal agreement ensure that both the UK and the EU comply with all financial commitments made during the UK`s accession to the EU. Even if the EU heads of state and government agreed, did what Mr Johnson asked for and solemnly declared that it was “the last extension, honestly!”, you would know that they were being crossed. That would be a promise that could easily be broken under pressure. Like the EU`s insistence that it “will never reopen” the withdrawal deal negotiated with Theresa May.
Note, however, that in recent renegotiations, the EU has not been willing to compromise on the internal market commitment on the island of Ireland. Despite the threat of no agreement. That is why the hunger-hungry Prime Minister Mr Johnson withdrew on the customs issue and accepted the EU`s proposal for a customs border in the Irish Sea. His red line was broken there, not his. “We are now waiting for clarification from the UK,” De Montchalin said. “We think it`s up to Britain to decide how to proceed. The withdrawal agreement was not negotiated against the British; Negotiators on both sides have struggled to find the best solution for all parties involved. “It is important to report the changes to the withdrawal agreement. There have been many, many calls for the re-opening of the withdrawal agreement, there have been many expectations about the potential for significant change,” he said yesterday in Dublin.