Following the signing of the Agreement, the Government of the United Kingdom issued and deposited the instrument of ratification of Great Britain on 29 January 2020.   The agreement was ratified by the Council of the European Union on 30 January 2020, after consent of the European Parliament on 29 January 2020. The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union entered into force on 31 January 2020 at 11 p.m GMT, the date on which the Withdrawal Agreement entered into force in accordance with Article 185. “How could a country reach an agreement with Britain if it is willing to tear up an international treaty?” asked Colum Eastwood, president of the SDLP, repeating the idea of many in Ireland. The tearing up of a legal agreement less than a year old or a well-known case of political brinkmanship? The agreement also provides for a transitional period until 31 December 2020 and can be renewed by mutual agreement.  The EU reacted angrily to the UK`s proposed changes to the Withdrawal Agreement by saying that if they are not abandoned, they would end the Brexit talks altogether. . . .