This is the second version of the Withdrawal Treaty Act, first published in October. In October 2019, the BRITISH government adopted the long-awaited European law (withdrawal agreement) (the « WAB » in October). In October, the WAB reportedly ratified and implemented the UK`s EU withdrawal agreement. To that end, it would have supported a set of national constitutional reforms, given the UK`s withdrawal from the European Union. On 6 September 2020, the Financial Times reported that the UK government was considering drafting new laws to circumvent the protocol of the Northern Ireland Withdrawal Agreement.  The new law would give ministers the power to determine which state aid should be notified to the EU and to define which products at risk of being transferred from Northern Ireland to Ireland (the withdrawal agreement stipulates that in the absence of a reciprocal agreement, all products are considered vulnerable).  The government defended this approach and stated that the legislation was in accordance with protocol and that it had only « clarified » the volumity in the protocol.  Ursula von der Leyen warned Johnson not to violate international law and said that the implementation of the withdrawal agreement by Britain was a « precondition for any future partnership ».  On 8 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, told the British Parliament that the government`s internal market bill would « violate international law ». »  But the Conservatives promised in their election manifesto that there would be no extension of the transition period, and Johnson reiterated that promise on numerous occasions during the election campaign, probably to increase the UK`s influence in its negotiations with the EU next year and allay any lingering fears of the Conservative party that a prolonged transition could become a path to a softer Brexit. The revised MDV, adopted at second reading on Friday, nullifies a clause in the previous version that gave MPs the right to authorize an extension of the transition period and instead contains a new clause, #33, which states that « the prohibition on extending the transposition period.
A Minister of the Crown cannot accept, in the joint committee [the representatives of the EU and the United Kingdom who jointly manage the transposition period], an extension of the transposition period. The text defines the closing date of the transposition period as December 31, 2020 to 23 .m. The revised MDM contains two extremely important changes, one with the transition period and the other with negotiations on future relations with the EU.