Labour MP Seb Dance called the signing of the GPA “the saddest moment of my political career.” On Monday, the Prime Minister will set a fixed deadline until 15 October – the date of the European Council – for the signing of an agreement, the atmosphere being bleak when formal talks between British negotiator David Frost and EU leader Michel Barnier resume this week. Johnson said he would not use the option he has in the withdrawal agreement to extend that transition period. The Prime Minister said the 11-month time available without a new extension was “ample” time to reach a comprehensive agreement. Boris Johnson has signed the Brexit withdrawal agreement in Downing Street. 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). “As part of the withdrawal agreement, the UK must inform Brussels of all decisions on state aid affecting the Northern Ireland goods market and require the province`s businesses to deposit customs papers when sending goods to the rest of the UK,” the Financial Times reported on Monday. Under the agreement, the UK will leave the EU at midnight Central European time on 31 January. The UK will remain in the EU internal market and customs union until the end of 2020, but none of the decision-making bodies are in place.
The images of Johnson who signed the official agreement after more than two years of negotiations came after a more sober photographic moment for Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, respectively leaders of the European Commission and the Council. Mr. Michel hit a positive note when he tweeted.” Boris Johnson will sign the withdrawal agreement today, before he is repatriated directly to Brussels. But progress in the already fragile talks is being undermined by plans announced on Sunday for the British government to publish a controversial section of the internal market law on Wednesday, which will deliberately try to unseal part of the withdrawal agreement signed in January. It will contain elements of the special regimes for Northern Ireland that are legally binding.