„There is no point in thinking about timetables that go beyond that,” he will say. „If we can`t agree by then, I don`t see that there will be a free trade agreement between us, and we should accept it and continue.” Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said she trusted the UK to implement the agreed withdrawal treaty. „How can a country reach an agreement with Britain if it is prepared to tear up an international treaty?” asked Social Democrat and Labour leader Colum Eastwood, repeating the ideas of many in Ireland. Former Prime Minister Sir John Major said: „For generations, Britain`s word – solemnly given – has been accepted by friend and foe. Our signature on every contract or agreement was untouchable. 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 spokesperson for Number 10 states that the government is fully committed to implementing the withdrawal agreement.
UK officials are very keen to start technical work on most of the trade agreement on goods and services, for example. B service plans. „If we can`t start talking about legislation this week, it will be difficult to get all the work done in time,” said a British official. The Prime Minister said his bill gave the British government the power to repeal parts of the withdrawal agreement because the EU could take „extreme and inappropriate lengths” in the treatment of the former British member. Immediately after the announcement of a revised withdrawal agreement on October 17, 2019, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the DUP said they could not support the new agreement.  The agreement also provides for a transitional period that will last until 31 December 2020 and may be extended by mutual agreement. During the transitional period, EU legislation will continue to apply to the UK (including participation in the European Economic Area, the internal market and the customs union) and the UK will continue to contribute to the EU budget, but the UK will not be represented in EU decision-making bodies.