The Commission and the UK Government agreed, at the negotiating level, on the draft withdrawal agreement. On 22 November 2018, they agreed on the political declaration setting the framework for future relations between the EU and the UK. On 25 November 2018, the European Council (Article 50) formally approved both documents. The agreement was revised as part of the Johnson Department renegotiation in 2019. The amendments fit about 5% of the text.  The agreement defines goods, services and related processes. Any provision of goods or services legally put on the market before leaving the EU may be made available to consumers in the UK or in the EU Member States (Article 40-41). The declaration on the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom, also known as the Political Declaration, is a non-binding declaration, negotiated and signed at the same time as the mandatory and broader withdrawal agreement on the uk`s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), known as Brexit, and the planned end of the transition period. Since March, the EU and the UK have continued regular negotiations despite the difficulties associated with the COVID 19 pandemic. The EU is conducting its negotiations on the basis of the mutually agreed political declaration. However, significant differences have not yet been resolved in some areas.
These differences include fair competition, horizontal management of each agreement and fisheries. EU and UK negotiators Michel Barnier and David Frost and their teams have recently stepped up their negotiations. The clock is ticking, because an agreement must be reached quickly to have time for ratification by the European Parliament. The 2019 revisions also adapted elements of the political declaration and replaced the word “appropriate” with “appropriate” with respect to labour standards. According to Sam Lowe, a trade fellow at the Centre for European Reform, the amendment excludes labour standards from dispute resolution mechanisms.  In addition, the Equal Competition Mechanism has been postponed from the legally binding withdrawal agreement to the political declaration, and the line of the political statement that “the United Kingdom will consider taking into account alignment with trade union rules in the relevant areas” has been removed.  At the request of the United Kingdom, the European Council (Article 50) has twice approved: to extend the Article 50 period, paragraph 3 of the TUE (for the first time on 21 March 2019 until 22 May 2019, if the House of Commons approves the withdrawal agreement until 29 March 2019; then 10 April 2019 until 31 October 2019). The UK has launched the formal process of withdrawal negotiations by formally announcing the European Council`s intention to leave the EU.