After passing its second reading by a sovereign 358 votes to 234, the withdrawal agreement is on track to complete its adoption by both houses of Parliament in time for Brexit to take place at the end of January. The promise that the government`s position in the negotiations on future relations will be consistent with the political declaration attached to the withdrawal agreement. The agreement defines the goods, services and processes associated with them. Any provision of goods or services legally put on the market before leaving the EU may be made available to consumers in the UK or in the EU Member States (Article 40-41). The most important elements of the draft agreement are: As part of the agreement, the UK will leave the EU at midnight Central European time on 31 January. The UK will remain in the EU internal market and customs union until the end of 2020, but none of the decision-making bodies are in place. The 2019 revisions also adapted elements of the political declaration and replaced the word «appropriate» with «appropriate» with respect to labour standards. According to Sam Lowe, a trade fellow at the Centre for European Reform, the amendment excludes labour standards from dispute resolution mechanisms.  In addition, the Equal Competition Mechanism has been postponed from the legally binding withdrawal agreement to the political declaration, and the line of the political statement that «the United Kingdom will consider taking into account alignment with trade union rules in the relevant areas» has been removed.
 Johnson stated that it would not use the option available to it in the withdrawal agreement to extend this transitional period. The Prime Minister said the 11-month time available without a new extension was «ample» time to reach a comprehensive agreement. The Northern Ireland Protocol, known as the Irish Backstop, was an annex to the November 2018 draft agreement outlining provisions to avoid a hard border in Ireland after the UK`s withdrawal from the European Union. The protocol provided for a provision of the safety net to deal with the circumstances in which satisfactory alternative arrangements were to come into force at the end of the transition period.