The withdrawal agreement provides for a transition period until 31 December 2020, during which time the UK will remain in the internal market, to ensure the smooth flow of trade until the agreement of long-term relations. If no agreement is reached by then, the UK will leave the single market without a trade deal on 1 January 2021. The withdrawal agreement is closely linked to a non-binding political declaration on future relations between the EU and the UK. The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, officially titled the UK`s withdrawal agreement from Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community. is a treaty signed on 24 January 2020 between the European Union (EU), Euratom and the United Kingdom (UK)  which sets the conditions for the UK`s withdrawal from the EU and Euratom. The text of the treaty was published on 17 October 2019 and is a renegotiated version of an agreement published six months earlier. The previous version of the withdrawal agreement was rejected three times by the House of Commons, leading Queen Elizabeth II to accept Theresa May`s resignation as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and appoint Boris Johnson as the new Prime Minister on 24 July 2019. 2. Paragraph 1, paragraph 1, paragraph 1, and paragraph a, paragraph 2, of this agreement also apply to the provisions of Regulation (EU) 1215/2012 which are applicable under the agreement between the European Community and the Kingdom of Denmark on judicial competence, recognition and enforcement of civil and commercial decisions. Some, but not all, euse regulatory acts on financial services provide mechanisms (third country regimes) that allow financial institutions in third countries to access EEA markets. A common condition for making these mechanisms available is that the third country regime has been considered equivalent to that of the EU. Most EU financial services legal acts do not provide for equivalence with regard to access rights.
The legal acts that currently contain access equivalency assessments are MiFID II and AIFMD. There is no third-country regime for deposits, mortgages, insurance intermediation and UCITS activities. Regulation (EU) 2016/1076 of the European Parliament and the Council of 8 June 2016 relating to the application of the regimes applicable to products originating in certain Member States in the Group of African States, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) agreements establishing or establishing Economic Partnership Agreements (36), the Northern Ireland Protocol must be welcomed on certain points. It gives Businesses in Northern Ireland the certainty that trade relations with the EU (including kings) and Britain will remain virtually unchanged until the end of the transition period. For NI companies that trade only on the island of Ireland, the withdrawal agreement will ensure security on the status quo (including free market access for EU goods) after the end of the transitional period and regardless of the conclusion of a free trade agreement between the UK and the EU.