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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. [20] This measure, first reported by the Financial Times, would bring back part of the British agreement with the EU on state aid and customs regimes for Northern Ireland. It goes without saying that the British government believes that the original protocol is ambiguous enough to allow for a change of interpretation – a view that should be hotly contested by Brussels. Boris Johnson has signed the Brexit withdrawal agreement in Downing Street. The UK will keep a copy of the agreement while the original will return to Brussels where it will be kept in an archive along with other historic international agreements. Former Prime Minister Sir John Major said: “For generations, Britain`s word – solemnly given – has been accepted by friend and foe. Our signature on every contract or agreement was untouchable.┬áThe British government is becoming more and more provocative. This weekend, the chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost, said he was not afraid to escape trade negotiations with the European Union – and that was just the beginning. On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson set a deadline of mid-October for an agreement between Britain and the Bloc. If there were none, he said, the UK would be preparing for a future without a deal.

The growing audacity on behalf of British officials comes ahead of the planned publication of an internal market law that would undermine the fundamental principles of the recent withdrawal pact. The behaviour could be interpreted as bluffing if it were not the Northern Ireland Protocol and the fact that Britain might no longer be able to comply with certain aspects of the withdrawal agreement. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused on Wednesday of presiding over a “rogue state” when his government introduced a law that deliberately violates the EU withdrawal treaty in the chaotic countdown to a full Brexit divorce.