Withdrawal Agreement Northern Ireland Protocol
In addition, paragraph 50 stressed that there would be no new controls on goods and services to be transferred from Northern Ireland to Britain. In 2018, point 50 of the final eu withdrawal agreement was omitted on the grounds that it was an internal matter in the UK. The final withdrawal agreement for 2018 was originally approved by the British Prime Minister (Theresa May), but the DUP (whose minority government depended on confidence and supply support) vetoed a parliamentary vote in January 2019.  The Joint Committee – the body responsible for overseeing the UK-EU withdrawal agreement – announced on 8 December that it had agreed on the principle of all outstanding issues relating to the Northern Ireland Protocol. The Joint Committee will formally adopt these decisions at its next session, before the protocol comes into force on 1 January 2021. The Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland will come into force at the end of the transitional period. It was designed as a stable and sustainable solution and can be expected to apply alongside any agreement on the future partnership. The declared means of the protocol for achieving the objectives are indicated (by reference to the Internal Market of the European Union and the Customs Union) three paragraphs below, on the same page: Customs subject to the provision of the Protocol on Cessation and Amendments, the EU/UK Customs Union of the Annex applies to goods: manufactured on the customs territory of the European Union or on the customs territory of the United Kingdom, including products obtained or partly made from products from third countries which […] The Northern Ireland Protocol replaces the current plan, the so-called “backstop” Plan, negotiated by former British Prime Minister Theresa May. The protocol stipulates that goods that move GB-NI and are “not threatened” by the subsequent move to the EU and are not subject to commercial processing, must not pay customs duties.
The decision on the “unseered” criteria was deferred to the Joint Committee.