The agreement covers issues such as money, citizens` rights, border agreements and dispute resolution. It also includes a transition period and an overview of the future relationship between the UK and the EU. It was published on 14 November 2018 and was the result of the Brexit negotiations. The agreement was approved by the heads of state and government of the other 27 EU countries and by the British government led by Prime Minister Theresa May, but it faced opposition from the British Parliament, which needed approval for ratification. The approval of the European Parliament would also have been necessary. On January 15, 2019, the House of Commons rejected the withdrawal agreement by 432 votes to 202.  The House of Commons again rejected the agreement by 391 votes to 242 on 12 March 2019 and rejected it a third time, on 29 March 2019, by 344 votes to 286. On 22 October 2019, the revised withdrawal agreement negotiated by Boris Johnson`s government approved the first phase in Parliament, but Johnson halted the legislative process when the accelerated approval programme failed to receive the necessary support and announced his intention to declare a general election.  On 23 January 2020, Parliament ratified the agreement by adopting the withdrawal agreement; On 29 January 2020, the European Parliament approved the withdrawal agreement. It was then concluded by the Council of the European Union on 30 January 2020.
Members who also rejected amendments to the House of Lords were not passed. The 599-page withdrawal agreement covers the following main areas: A Fifth Amendment called for the bill to be amended to take note of the Sewel Convention, which stipulates that Parliament should not legislate on de decentralised issues without the approval of the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Stormont Assembly in Northern Ireland. 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. 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 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.  Ministers say they support the Dubs amendment principle, but the Brexit Act is not the right vehicle for that. A total of five amendments to the bill have been sent to MPs for consideration by the Lords, including on the rights of EU citizens, the power of British courts to deviate from EU law and the independence of the judiciary after Brexit. This ensures that the UK will remain in line with EU climate, environmental and workers` rights conventions in a future trade agreement. Theresa May – Johnson`s predecessor in Downing Street – has repeatedly failed to pass her Brexit deal by MPs, leading to her resignation as prime minister. The Northern Ireland Protocol, known as the Irish Backstop, was an annex to the November 2018 draft agreement outlining provisions to avoid a hard border in Ireland after the UK`s withdrawal from the European Union.
The protocol provided for a provision of the safety net to deal with the circumstances in which satisfactory alternative arrangements were to come into force at the end of the transition period.