21st October 2019

The Johnson Brexit deal: what it means and what happens next - A view from Hogan Lovells

Seemingly against the odds and after a frantic period of negotiation over the past weeks, Boris Johnson has agreed a new Withdrawal Agreement with the EU. In its latest viewpoint, ‘The Johnson Brexit deal: what it means and what happens next’, Hogan Lovells describes what has been agreed and what could happen next.


Commenting on this, Andrew Eaton, Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells, said: “If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by UK and European parliaments and implemented in the UK by legislation before 31 October 2019, the UK will formally leave the EU at 11pm on 31 October 2019.


“According to the transitional arrangement, the UK will remain bound by most EU law largely as if it were still a Member State of the EU. The intention of the UK and the EU is to negotiate a long-term future relationship during the transitional period. 


“If no agreement is reached before the end of the transitional period, the Protocol on Northern Ireland takes effect. Northern Ireland would acquire a unique status whereby it would be part of the UK's customs territory (albeit with a customs border down the Irish sea), but would fully align its regulations with those of the EU Single Market and Customs Union to avoid regulatory and customs checks at the land border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland”


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