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.  If the withdrawal agreement is approved, an EU law (withdrawal agreement) will be introduced to implement the withdrawal agreement in UK law. In addition to the library`s briefing paper, the manual for judicious voting, this document contains an updated report on national constitutional requirements for ratification of the withdrawal agreement. The withdrawal agreement negotiated between the EU and the UK and concluded on 14 November 2018 will be discussed in detail in this briefing. It was approved by the heads of state and government of EU Member States at an extraordinary European Council on 25 November, and the British Prime Minister did so in the British Parliament and across the country. The agreement has been the subject of in-depth discussions in Parliament on several occasions and has been adopted three times. But the House of Commons did not accept it. A second extension of Article 50 lasted until 31 October 2019, but once again the UK faces the possibility of leaving the EU without a deal if the agreement or any other agreement is not ratified by the UK and the EU. The new rules are permanent, provided approval is given. They are no longer a backstop, that is, an insurance policy that will only come into force if other measures do not keep the Irish border open.
Sinn Féin, SDLP, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland and the Green Party in Northern Ireland all support the backstop.  On 13 November 2018, the EU decided that “decisive progress” had been made in the Brexit negotiations, and on 14 November the European Commission and the UK Government published a draft withdrawal agreement, as well as three protocols (at the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, the UK`s base sovereign territories in Cyprus and Gibraltar) and nine annexes. The text of the negotiated withdrawal agreement and the political declaration on the framework for future EU-UK relations were approved by EU heads of state and government at a specially convened European Council on 25 November 2018. Eu rules on products that were to continue to apply to Northern Ireland have been established and clarified. There were detailed provisions on the same competition rules that would apply to Britain under the backstop. They provide that the United Kingdom will not reduce the level of environmental and social rights in force at the end of the transition period.