An agreement to extend the provisions of the agreement between the United Kingdom and Switzerland to Liechtenstein was also announced. On 23rd June 2016 the majority of British voters who had voted on accession to the European Union in the British referendum opted for leaving the European Union (52% for withdrawal and 48% for maintenance). On 17 October 2019, the United Kingdom and the EU agreed on the conditions for the United Kingdom`s exit from the EU (Brexit) and on a transitional period until 31 December 2020. Around a quarter of the EU`s international agreements were considered mixed agreements, as they cover the competences shared between the EU and the Member States. This means that they have been ratified separately by EU Member States and approved at EU level. While eu-only agreements will no longer apply to the UK after withdrawal from the EU, some legal experts have suggested that aspects of mixed agreements could continue to apply. However, the EU said that not all agreements applied anymore. The most important elements of the draft agreement are: The UK government and the other 27 EU Member States approve the draft agreement. The United Kingdom triggers Article 50. This means that negotiations on the UK`s withdrawal from the EU can begin. The EU and the UK have two years to reach an agreement. In November 2018, George Hollingbery, then Trade Minister, said the government was still optimistic about replacing most EU trade deals in time for Brexit Day. He pointed out that the discussions had become more complex since they had previously been based on a transition period, but the focus was now on “focusing on key partners”.
that no agreement was a real possibility.” He said it would be difficult to conclude transitional agreements with some countries closely linked to the EU if there was no agreement with the EU. . . .