The Act received royal approval on 23 January 2020, nine days before the UK leaves the European Union. The European Union Withdrawal Agreement (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (Start No. 1) Regulations 2020 has been published by the British government. The opening regulations set the “day of withdrawal” (31 January 2020) as the effective date of certain provisions of the Law of the Court of Justice (Withdrawal Agreement) 2020, including provisions that confer legal effects on the withdrawal agreement and the EEA-EFTA separation agreement, as well as those which provide for the retention of the reasons for removal of the persons concerned. The opening regulations also stipulate that the “withdrawal day” must be considered the closing day of implementation (or “ip closing day”, i.e. 31 December 2020, the end date of the transposition period agreed under the UK Withdrawal Agreement for legislation subordinated to the 2020 Withdrawal Agreement Act. If 2020/75 comes into effect from the date of “withdrawal” (January 31, 2020). The withdrawal agreement passed its third and final reading in the House of Commons on January 9, 2020 by 330 votes in and 231 against.  The Sanctions and Money Laundering Act 2018 (SAMLA) will allow for the continued employment of sanctions on 1 January 2021.
Secondary legislation under SAMLA is transposed into UK law for existing EU sanctions. During the transitional period, the government may also implement autonomous BRITISH sanctions regimes in accordance with the law. However, most of the sanctions regimes that have been regulated under the infringement procedure will not come into full force until 11 p.m. on December 31, 2020. The Eu 2020 Withdrawal Agreement (2020) has been approved by 23 January 2020 and is cooperating with EUWA. Essentially, the withdrawal agreement, including the proposed implementation period (PI) under the withdrawal agreement, takes effect. The WAA is therefore amending EUWA so that the transformation of EU law into “preserved EU law” and the ensering of the historical jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) can take place at the end of the transposition period (11 hours on 31 December 2020) and not the “day of withdrawal” as initially. The law also puts on hold the IS, which amends the European UNION legislation that would apply on the day of the withdrawal.