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Reality Check: Brexit withdrawal agreement - what it all means
Source : https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46237012 The draft Brexit withdrawal agreement stands at 599 pages long. It sets out how the UK leaves the European Union, scheduled for 29 March 2019. Chris Morris, from BBC Reality Check, has been going through it in detail and pulls out the key points from the agreement and what they mean. Transition The transition period (which the UK government calls "implementation period") begins on 29 March 2019 and lasts until 31 December 2020. The UK will need to abide by all EU rules, but will lose membership of its institutions. The draft withdrawal agreement says the transition can be extended, but only for a period of one or two years (in other words up to the end of 2022 at most). Both the UK and EU must agree to any extension and the decision must be taken before 1 July 2020. Chris Morris's analysis: The details of transition aren't new but they are no less awkward for that. At a time when the government wants to trumpet that it is taking back control (its slogan, not mine), it will be ceding control for 21 months and very possibly longer. There will be no UK presence in the European Parliament, at the top table of the European Commission or in the European Court of Justice. The UK will have no formal say in making or amending EU rules and regulations, but it will have to follow th
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