On 6 April 2017, a meeting between Theresa May and Donald Tusk was held at 10 Downing Street to discuss “the way to Brexit.”  A new meeting was held on 20 April 2017 in London, this time between Theresa May and Antonio Tajani, to discuss the rights of EU citizens.  After the 20 April meeting, Antonio Tajani said that the timetables for the UK and the EU-27 were well matched, with a two-year exit agreement, followed by a three-year transition period.  Theresa May, Michel Barnier and Jean-Claude Juncker met on 26 April to discuss the withdrawal process. May reaffirmed Britain`s goal of a “deep and special partnership” after Brexit.  After a decisive victory by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party in December 2019, the British Parliament ratified the 2020 European Union Agreement and approved the withdrawal conditions formally agreed by the British government and the European Commission. Following the ratification of the agreement by the European Parliament on 29 January, the United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union at 23:00 (London time) on 31 January 2020, with the entry into force of a withdrawal agreement.  Negotiations began on June 19, 2017.  Negotiating groups have been set up on three themes: the rights of UNION citizens residing in the United Kingdom and vice versa; The outstanding FINANCIAL commitments of the United Kingdom to the EU; and the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.    A partial agreement was reached in December 2017. It ensured that there was no hard border in Ireland, protected the rights of British citizens to EU and EU citizens in the UK, and estimated the financial settlement at between $35 billion and $39 billion.  May stressed: “Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”  As a result of this partial agreement, EU heads of state and government agreed to begin the second phase of negotiations: discussion on future relations, a transition period and a possible trade agreement.
 The British Parliament approved the draft agreement by adopting 2020 implementing laws (the European Union Withdrawal Agreement (Withdrawal Agreement) 2020 Act. Following the signing of the agreement, the UK Government adopted and tabled the UK`s ratification instrument on 29 January 2020.  The agreement was ratified by the Council of the European Union on 30 January 2020, after approval by the European Parliament on 29 January 2020. The UK`s withdrawal from the EU came into force on 31 January 2020 at 11 .m GMT, when the withdrawal agreement came into force in accordance with Article 185. Since the EEA-EFA-UK separation agreement would only apply if the withdrawal agreement was concluded between the EU and the UK , a non-agreement agreement was also reached: immediately after the announcement of a revised withdrawal agreement on 17 October 2019, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the DUP declared that they could not support the new agreement.  A Brexit withdrawal agreement was finally ratified by Britain and the EU and came into force on 1 February 2020.
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