Get Brexit Done – What happens on the 31st January 2020

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Get Brexit Done is the slogan that won the Conservatives a landslide majority in the House of Commons and helped punish Labour with their poorest results since the days of Michael Foot. But now it’s time for reality, what does Get Brexit Done really mean and how will it impact you, four weeks into the New Year, when we return to work in 2020?

There is little doubt now that the Transition Deal renegotiated by Boris Johnson will be implemented both here in the UK and in the EU by the 31st of January. Boris has his majority and all MPs standing for the Conservative Party signed up to the deal before standing for election. There’s little doubt that the EU want to avoid a No Deal Brexit in just under 7 weeks’ time and they too will ratify the deal. The only way the deal could realistically be held up is with amendments in the Ping Pong between the Commons and the Lords, but having stood on passing the deal in the Conservative Manifesto the Lords are unlikely to torpedo it and the Commons can vote down any amendments from the Lords that they don’t like.

31st January 2020 – the UK leaves the EU and enters the Transition Period

That leaves the UK officially leaving the EU on the 31st of January in it’s entirety – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Much as many in the UK would prefer to stay, with the election result no party can now stand in the way of the Conservatives delivering on the referendum and there will be no more talk of ‘Confirmatory Referendums’ or the public not knowing what they voted for. That won’t be a popular opinion for many, including not just ardent remainers but also the now virtually defunct Lib Dems and the ever stronger SNP, but the election has removed any obstacles that they could put in the way and, after three and a half years of blocking manoeuvres, those who fought valiantly to stop Brexit have run out of options.

Importantly on the 1st of February 2020 nothing will change for online sellers insofar as selling to the EU goes. This will be the first day of the Transition – a period of time during which all of the current rules stay the same allowing the UK and the EU to negotiate their future relationship and that is due to last until the 31st of December 2020.

It will be too late to change our minds

After the 31st of January 2020, there will be no point in any further calls for referendums or other lobbying to cancel Brexit. Even though we will be trading on the same terms as today until the end of the year, we will have officially left the EU and the only way to rejoin will be to apply to become a member from scratch. The UK would need to satisfy the requisite conditions to gain approval of the European Council, Commission and Parliament, under Article 49 of the Lisbon Treaty.

This will be a time to lobby for the best possible future trade agreement with the EU and doubtless, all of the political parties, bit business and small businesses including online sellers will have their views on what will be best for their businesses and for them personally, their families, their children and their future grandchildren.

30th of June 2020 – Last chance for a Transition Period Extension

June will be the next key Brexit date as this is the last chance for the UK to request an extension to the transition period which could be for one or two years. Boris Johnson has stated that he has no intention of requesting an extension so one might think it reasonable that the bare bones of a deal should ideally be in place by June.

There are three options available to the UK at this point:
1) A stripped down deal with the EU covering the bare minimum
2) A comprehensive deal with the EU which many are saying would take years to negotiate. If the Government wants to rush this through then it’s likely the EU would make serious demands in their favour in order to expedite it.
3) A No Deal Brexit on the 31st December 2020

31st December 2020

Unless an extension to the transition period is requested by June 2020, the 31st of December 2020 will be the date that the transition deal expires and the UK will move to trading on WTO terms or, more preferably, a new Free Trade Agreement with the EU will come into force.

We’ll naturally be updating on Brexit progress in 2020 as the situation becomes clearer. Get Brexit Done may have been the slogan that won the election, but it’s by no means a process that ends on the 31st of January 2020. Far from Get Brexit Done, its more like start to get Brexit done.

Key Conservative Manifesto Get Brexit Done Pledges

The Conservative Manifesto states both their aims for the Brexit Timetable and the future relationship with the EU

  • We will start putting our deal through Parliament before Christmas and we will leave the European Union in January
  • We will keep the UK out of the single market, out of any form of customs union, and end the role of the European Court of Justice
  • We will not extend the implementation period beyond December 2020

The future relationship with the EU will be one that allows us to:

  • Take back control of our laws.
  • Take back control of our money.
  • Control our own trade policy.
  • Introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system.
  • Raise standards in areas like workers’ rights, animal welfare, agriculture and the environment.
  • Ensure we are in full control of our fishing waters.

41 Responses

  1. Of course there was a referendum but it was based on LIES and LIARS who just want to turn the UK into a laughing stock of the world NIGEL FARAGE BORIS JOHNSON MICHAEL GOVE ETC I HOPE THIS BAD DEAL IS REJECTED AND PUT ANOTHER LAW IN TO PREVENT NO DEAL SO PUT IT BACK TO THE PEOPLE OR REVOKE

  2. At the end of the shift no matter what any politician says the poor will remain poor the “working poor” will remain the working poor that is just above the level to get any form of benefit so all their wages are spent on bills, the middle and rich class will also stay the same having the money to give themselves freedom to do what they like sum up – nothing changes for anyone

  3. Hurray for Brexit! It’s not as if the British hate Europe but hate the bureaucratic organisation they call The EU. The sooner this latter-day Roman Empire is dismantled the better

  4. The remainers couldn’t stand that majority of people voted leave in this democratic country, Yet for three and a half years they said it was not democratic for them as they wanted to stay in Eu .
    They had there chance to alter the outcome of election they wanted, and WOW !! They lost again to leavers.
    Well to all the fools who wanted to remain please sod off to a European country for a few years, as soon that will crumble as did the last dictatorship that tried to control Europe. See Ya but bet you come a crawling back

  5. Delusional to think EU are not the puppet masters ,they will just be pulling the strings in another way

  6. The UK population have fallen victim to fake news and beliefs that the EU is “a dictatorship” that is “after their money” and wants to force “immigrants” on them. Whereas the truth is that the EU is union of states that promote trade and by working together the EU can achieve more and can be a force to reckon with in today’s world. Which, alone, the 28 nations, including Britain, cannot.

    It is a proven fact that internet trolls originating from Russia have used Facebook and Twitter to brainwash the British people into believing that the EU is “bad”. A simplicity that even most of the lower classes in Britain can understand. Because they have to blame someone for their predicament. Tabloids like the Sun and Daily Mail, who have no qualms with lies, did the same, because blaming oneself for British problems is much more difficult than blaming another.

    The cost for the EU will be substantial, but for the UK the divorce will be an economic disaster. Things will not change overnight, but gradually the economic ties between the EU and Britain will be cut loose. London will no longer be the economic hub it is today and companies will leave the British isles in droves. Ultimately the British people will understand they have been conned, but at the expense of a lot more austerity then they are faced with today.

  7. Sabato you are as daft as Corbyn and all remainers who still can’t see the British people have had enough you lost in a referendum three and a half years ago, and still after an election , were even more people voted for the party to see us out once and for all from the EU . You are delusional as was other political parties trying to keep us in a corrupt regime. Thank God for Johnson who has heard the people speak and get us out , we never voted to join the common market or this EU . We are our own masters , many fought for democracy if you don’t like it leave

  8. Piet Jansen. The EU is not about trade and industry but political union. Our late PM Ted Heath who got us into this mess said so before he died. He lied then died. The traitor.

  9. I live in Europe (Spain) and have followed the Brexit saga since day one. My conclusion is that the citizens of the UK have been brainwashed by both politians and media. What will happen on the 1st of Feburary is anybody’s guess. I fear for my countrymen because the overall impression is that they haven’t the foggiest idea what leaving the EU will be. Every single person will be affected one way or another. Sad days ahead. Not only for the UK but for the EU.

  10. The result of the election was a triumph for democracy. Ignoring and vilifying the majority that voted to leave in the referendum was never going to end well for those that dislike democracy. The majority of voters in the UK respect democracy. Unlike some of our anti democratic parties for whom the word ‘democrats’ should be removed along with the obscenities on their ridiculous T shirts.

  11. I agree about Corbyn. Hopefully the Socialists will clean their sewer and go back to democracy. We have the opposite in Spain. New government is ‘hard left’ run by Bolivarian Revolutionists (Venezuela style).

  12. Says a lot when durham pit villages failed to vote for labour
    Decent honest hard working folk, unassuming salt of the earth people The backbone of. british society

  13. All remainers are losers that can’t accept the democratic decision taken by the majority.
    The people who voted for brexit have won.
    Get over it sad sacks and if you all love Europe so much apply for citizenship on the continent.
    We’ll wave you goodbye!

  14. Well I’ve read all this and yes ww2 was over 75 years ago but not so in the past. I can give each and every German 6.6 million reasons why they cannot be trusted yet and until they can be trusted I cannot trust the EU either. Fact, the EU have just lost the jewel in their crown and any respect and reputation will be list now the UK has left.


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