An agreement in principle has been reached on the application of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which is part of the Brexit withdrawal agreement. The leadership is led by a joint committee made up of representatives from the European Union and the British government. There will be a number of specialized committees that will report to the joint committee. 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.  The withdrawal agreement also contains provisions for the United Kingdom to leave the Convention setting the status of European schools, with the United Kingdom bound by the Convention and its accompanying regulations on accredited European schools until the end of the last academic year of the transition period, i.e. at the end of the spring semester 2020-2021.  EU legislation also prevents the importation of certain unfrozen meat products from third countries.
The agreement allows British companies to continue to deliver these goods to Northern Ireland for a limited period of time. 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. “I look forward to an upcoming meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee, chaired by Commission Vice-President Sefcovic and Michael Gove, to formalise the agreements reached. In accordance with the protocol, Northern Ireland will continue to apply EU customs legislation and comply with its product standards rules (the so-called internal market for goods). The protocol stipulates that goods that move GB-NI and are “not threatened” by the subsequent move to the EU and are not subject to commercial processing, must not pay customs duties.