While free trade agreements aim to boost trade, too many cheap imports could threaten a country`s manufacturers, which could impact employment. EU leaders agree to postpone the Brexit date to 31 January 2020 or earlier if the UK and European Parliaments approve the Withdrawal Agreement by then. The agreement also provides for a transitional period, which lasts until 31 December 2020 and can be extended once by mutual agreement. During the transition period, EU law will continue to apply to the UK (including participation in the European Economic Area, the Single Market and the Customs Union) and the UK will continue to contribute to the EU budget, but the UK will not be represented in EU decision-making bodies. The transition period will give businesses time to adjust to the new situation, and the UK and EU governments time to negotiate a new EU-UK trade deal.   On 22 October, the British Parliament agreed to review the Brexit legislation. But he decided it needed longer than the British Prime Minister had proposed. This means that a withdrawal with an agreement on the scheduled Brexit date of 31 October is no longer possible. The Brexit deal will not come into force until the Brexit law is passed by the UK Parliament. In October 2019, the UK Parliament passed the Early Parliamentary General Election Act, which circumvented the Fixed-term Parliament Act 2011 and called a general election for 12 December 2019.
 In the election, Boris Johnson`s campaign focused on „implementing Brexit,“ and the Conservative Party won an 80-seat majority in Parliament.  Subsequently, the government introduced legislation to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement. It passed its second reading in the House of Commons by 358 votes to 234 on 20 December 2019 and entered into force on 23 January 2020 as the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020.  The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, officially titled „Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community“, is a treaty between the European Union (EU), Euratom and the United Kingdom (United Kingdom), signed on 24 January 2020, setting out the conditions for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU and Euratom. The text of the treaty was signed on the 17th. October 2019 and is a renegotiated version of an agreement published six months earlier. The previous version of the Withdrawal Agreement was rejected three times by the House of Commons, leading Queen Elizabeth II to accept Theresa May`s resignation as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and to appoint Boris Johnson as the new Prime Minister on 24 July 2019. The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 at midnight CET (23:00 GMT). There is now a transitional period until December 31, 2020. During this period, all EU rules and laws will continue to apply in the UK. .