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As of 11pm on 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member State and will no longer participate in the political institutions and governance structures of the EU.
However, in accordance with the transitional arrangements provided in Part 4 of the Withdrawal Agreement, exit day marks the commencement of an 11-month implementation period.
During this period, the UK will continue to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes—putting many of the legal and practical changes associated with Brexit on hold.
Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, the implementation period will run from exit day until 11pm on 31 December 2020 (IP completion day). During this period, the UK must continue to adhere to its obligations under EU law (including EU treaties, legislation, principles and international agreements), and submit to the continuing jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement.
The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (EU(WA)A 2020) implements the Withdrawal Agreement into UK domestic law. It amends the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EU(W)A 2018), which made no provision for an implementation period, and includes a range of interpretation and consequential provisions in order to effect the implementation period and the associated changes in timing. IP completion day replaces exit day for many purposes throughout the EU(WA)A 2020,
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