The post-Brexit transition period, due to be completed in December 2020, can currently be extended by mutual agreement for up to two years. On November 8, Mr Johnson said that the outlines of an agreement were clear and that an agreement had to be reached.  However, such an agreement would not get rid of all border controls and would do nothing for the service sector. As we prepare for the next rounds of negotiations, I would like to reiterate the government`s position on the transition period established after we leave the EU. The transition will end on December 31 of this year. We will not ask to extend it. If the EU asks for it, we will say no. An extension would simply prolong the negotiations, create even more uncertainty, pay us more in the future to the EU and keep us bound by European laws under development at a time when we have to control our own affairs. In short, it is not in the UK`s interest to expand.
On May 15, the May round of trade negotiations (by video conference) ended with an agreement, with each side holding the other responsible for the lack of progress.  While these discussions were ongoing, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove raised the question of whether a quota and tariff agreement (such as the CET agreement between the EU and Canada) could be a better option, but EU sources rejected the idea of agreeing conditions within the allotted time.  On 19 May, the British government published its draft agreement.  On 6 September 2020, the Financial Times reported that the UK government was considering drafting new laws to circumvent the protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement in Northern Ireland.  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”.”  EUCO`s conclusions (10/04/2019) agreed to extend the withdrawal period to 31.10.2019 On 13 May, the United Kingdom has announced that it will set up border inspection posts at Belfast Harbour, Larne and Warrenpoint for the management of livestock and agri-food products, in accordance with the agreement to withdraw from the Irish Withdrawal Agreement.  The withdrawal agreement provides that Northern Ireland will continue to comply with EU internal market rules for agricultural and manufactured products.  The agreement also provides for a transitional period that extends until 31 December 2020 and can 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. The transition period will give businesses time to adapt to the new situation and the new era, so that the British and European governments can negotiate a new trade agreement between the EU and the UK.   The most important elements of the draft agreement are: According to the UN Trade and Development Conference, a trade agreement between the UK and the EU would help limit the decline in UK exports to the EU to 9%, while the expected decline in the event of a non-conclusion would be 14%.  On 15 November 2018, the day after the agreement and support from the British Government Cabinet were presented, several