Notwithstanding paragraph 3, the United Kingdom may negotiate, sign and ratify international agreements in its own areas of jurisdiction during the transitional period, unless these agreements enter into force or do not apply during the transitional period, unless the Union authorizes its adoption. After an unprecedented vote on 4 December 2018, MEPs ruled that the UK government was not respecting Parliament because it refused to give Parliament full legal advice on the consequences of its proposed withdrawal terms.  The focus of the consultation was on the legal effect of the „backstop“ agreement for Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom with regard to the customs border between the EU and the United Kingdom and its consequences on the Good Friday agreement which ended the unrest in Northern Ireland, including whether the UK would be assured, in accordance with the proposals, of being able to leave the EU in a practical sense. Such an agreement can be obtained by any type of communication. The EU air transport law, which was not applicable at Gibraltar Airport before the withdrawal agreement came into force, applies to Gibraltar Airport only from the date set by the Joint Committee. The Joint Committee takes the decision on this matter after the United Kingdom and Spain have indicated that they have reached a satisfactory agreement on the use of Gibraltar Airport. NOTE that, with a view to an orderly exit of the United Kingdom from the EU, permanent agreements, including separate protocols, are needed on very specific situations concerning Ireland/Northern Ireland and the sovereign territories of Cyprus, the siege agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Banking Authority of 8 May 2012, the exchange of letters on the application of the European Communities` Privileges and Immunities Protocol to the European Medicines Assessment Agency of 24 June 1996 in the United Kingdom and the agreement on the inclusion of the Galileo Security Observatory of 17 July 2013 apply to the European Banking Authority. , the European Medicines Agency and the Galileo Security Observatory until they are relocated to a Member State. The date of notification of the closing date of the relocation by the Union is the date of termination of these reception agreements.
CONSIDERING that the UK`s withdrawal from the EU is a significant and unique challenge for the Island of Ireland; and reaffirms that the achievements, benefits and commitments of the peace process will be of the utmost importance for peace, stability and reconciliation in that country, and also contains provisions for the United Kingdom to leave the Convention establishing the status of European schools, with the United Kingdom bound by the Convention and its accompanying provisions for accredited European schools until the end of the last academic year of the transition period, i.e. at the end of the spring 2020-2021 semester.  The EU and the United Kingdom are working in good faith and in full compliance with their respective legal systems to take the necessary steps to quickly negotiate the agreements covered in the 17 October 2019 political declaration and to implement the appropriate procedures for ratifying or concluding these agreements, in order to ensure that these agreements apply as much as possible from the end of the transition period.