Mr Johnson said he would negotiate for what he called the entire British family, including Gibraltar. The ECJ plays a limited role in the withdrawal agreement, both in the special regimes for Northern Ireland and in the settlement of citizens` rights disputes over the next few years. We are looking for the kind of agreement that the EU has already reached with Canada and other friendly countries in recent years. Our proposal builds on previous EU agreements, such as the Comprehensive Economic Agreement, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement. And it is in line with the political declaration agreed last October, in which both sides set the goal of concluding a free trade agreement “zero tariffs, zero tariffs”. It does not rule out a separate agreement between the UK and the EU covering Gibraltar, but gibraltar should in turn be agreed by the UK and Spain. On the other hand, both the UK and the EU say they would be satisfied with a free trade agreement. The hardest part will be how to get there and how to implement it. Instead, the UK hopes for an improved equivalency system that would attract the attention of businesses if the rules changed. Trade negotiations generally do not begin with an agreement between two parties, otherwise there would be nothing to negotiate. Immediately after the announcement of a revised withdrawal agreement on October 17, 2019, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the DUP said they could not support the new agreement.  The 599-page withdrawal agreement covers the following main areas: The UK-EU Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement is a draft free trade agreement between the UK and the European Union, which is expected to be signed before the end of the transitional period in December 2020.   As of October 31, 2020[update], there is no such agreement, and discussions on the continuation of the agreement.
On 20 December 2019, after the Conservatives won the 2019 British general election, the House of Commons passed second reading of the withdrawal agreement with a 358-234 lead. Following the amendments proposed by the House of Lords and the ping-pong between the two houses, the bill was granted royal approval on 23 January 2020, allowing ratification on the British side.  The 2019 revisions also adapted elements of the political statement that replaced the word “appropriate” with “appropriate” with respect to labour standards.