While the way forward for the nation and its relationship with the EU is but to be determined, there’s nonetheless some confusion over whether or not we have a deal – and whether or not the spectre of leaving with ‘no deal’ on 31 January has been lifted.
So simply the place do we stand, will we be leaving with a deal – and the way will it change issues for British residents?
Here’s what it’s essential know…
Do we have a Brexit deal but?
The nation is because of go away the nation with a deal in place after Boris Johnson’s EU Withdrawal Bill handed via Parliament.
The Bill suffered a setback on Monday after the House Of Lords voted in opposition to three features of the settlement.
Peers backed a cross-party modification permitting EU residents bodily proof of their standing, whereas friends additionally voted to take away the facility of ministers to determine which courts ought to have the facility to depart from judgments of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and by reference to what check.
A 3rd defeat adopted, as friends backed a transfer to permit circumstances to be referred to the Supreme Court to determine whether or not to depart from EU case regulation.
The defeats – the primary for the Government by the hands of friends for the reason that General Election – means Boris Johnson will have to take the invoice again to the Commons, the place he will have the ability to use his massive majority to overturn it.
The invoice might want to obtain Royal Assent from the Queen earlier than it turns into regulation.
Could we nonetheless go away the EU with no deal?
While the specter of ‘no deal’ may have been lifted within the wake of the Withdrawal Agreement getting via Commons, a no-deal state of affairs might nonetheless current itself additional down the road.
Once Britain has left the Bloc, it might want to start talks with the European Union over its future relationship and strike a commerce deal.
As it stands the UK has till the top of this 12 months – the top of the Brexit transition interval – to agree this.
If by the December 31 deadline a commerce deal has not been agreed between the UK and the EU, Britain will exit the transition interval with no deal.
The nation has till 30 June 2020 to agree a deal or ask to increase the Brexit transition interval.
Boris Johnson has mentioned he has no plans to increase the transition interval and has mentioned a deal will be struck by December 2020 – nevertheless new EU chief Ursula von der Leyen has steered that it might be ‘impossible’ to strike a deal in the time-frame.
It’s additionally emerged that commerce talks between Britain and the EU may very well be delayed till March.
What will occur after Brexit?
Assuming there are not any additional delays to the withdrawal settlement following the House of Lords defeat, Britain will enter the transition interval as soon as Brexit has occurred.
During this time the UK will have no MEPs within the European Parliament and might be impartial – however will successfully stay within the EU’s customs union and single market till a commerce deal is agreed.
The transition interval implies that – in the intervening time not less than – issues will stay the identical in terms of journey, with journey commerce affiliation Abta assuring UK travellers they won’t face any additional checks or delays when journeying throughout the continent ‘until at least the end of 2020’.
However issues are anticipated to alter for UK residents throughout the EU as soon as the transition interval is over – with the federal government web site saying that passports could should be renewed earlier, whereas a visa or allow could also be wanted for stays longer than three months, together with to work, or for research or enterprise journey.