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”.”  The Northern Ireland Protocol, known as the Irish Backstop, was an annex to the November 2018 draft agreement outlining provisions to avoid a hard border in Ireland after the UK`s withdrawal from the European Union. The protocol provided for a provision of the safety net to deal with the circumstances in which satisfactory alternative arrangements were to come into force at the end of the transition period. This project has been replaced by a new protocol that will be described as follows. Like all national governments, the European Commission is heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic. These included progress in negotiations with the United Kingdom on future relations, the last important step having been the publication of the draft EU legal text for the free trade agreement, which took place on 18 … The withdrawal agreement also contains provisions for the United Kingdom to leave the Convention setting the status of European schools, with the United Kingdom bound by the Convention and accompanying regulations on accredited European schools until the end of the last academic year of the transition period, i.e. at the end of the spring semester 2020-2021.  The Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between the UK and the European Union is a draft free trade agreement between the UK and the European Union, which is expected to be signed before the end of the transition period in December 2020.   As of October 31, 2020[update], there is no such agreement, and discussions on the continuation of the agreement.
However, the tone and style of the letter were as important as its content. She went far beyond diplomatic politeness, saying the EU`s demands were “unbalanced and unprecedented.” She asked, complaining, as the UK was “so unworthy” of a free trade agreement in the direction it is proposing. The Scottish and Welsh authorities, the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats, as well as several other organisations, have called for an extension of the post-Brexit transition period to allow more time to negotiate a deal. The transitional period expires on 31 December 2020, but the Withdrawal Agreement (AV) provides for an extension of the transition period by up to two years, if agreed by the end of June 2020. The government has legislated to refrain from seeking an extension and continues to reaffirm that it will not do so. On 19 May, the UK Government published draft legislation for future relations with the EU. Not surprisingly, it contains a number of important differences from the EU bill published at the end of February. The Brussels office will continue to monitor the response to the next round of negotiations this week, which begins on 8 June, to see if both sides are making progress in order to close the gap before the inventory scheduled for June.