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.  On 12 February 2019, Theresa May made a statement to the House of Commons on the government`s progress in securing a withdrawal agreement.  On 14 February, a vote on a amendable motion was held as follows: “Let this House welcome the Prime Minister`s statement of 12 February 2019; reaffirms its support for the approach to leaving the EU expressed by this House on 29 January 2019 and notes that discussions between the UK and the EU on the “backstop” are under way. The UK will keep a copy of the agreement while the original will return to Brussels where it will be kept in an archive along with other historical international agreements. On the European Union side, the European Parliament also approved the ratification of the agreement on 29 January 2020 and the Council of the European Union approved the conclusion of the agreement by e-mail on 30 January 2020.  That is why, on 30 January 2020, the European Union also tabled its instrument for ratification of the agreement, concluding the agreement and allowing it to enter into force on the date of the UK`s withdrawal from the EU on 31 January 2020, at 11 .m GMT. In a debate with Croatian Secretary of State for European Affairs Nikolina Brnjac on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU CHIEF negotiator Michel Barnier took stock of the withdrawal process and the challenges to be met so far. The tie was broken by the spokesperson in favour of the “no” (according to Speaker Denison`s rule), which means that the application was rejected. The failure to pass this motion meant that the House of Commons would not hold further indicative votes on April 8, 2019.  The member of the House of Commons ratified the government`s withdrawal agreement on Thursday evening by 330 votes to 231.
On 21 October, the government published the withdrawal agreement and proposed three days of debate for opposition members to review it.  The government introduced the recently revised EU Withdrawal Act in the House of Commons for debate on the evening of 22 October 2019.  MEPs voted in favour of a second reading, adopted by 329 votes to 299, and the timetable for debate on the law, which was rejected by 322 votes to 308. Prior to the vote, Johnson had said that he would abandon attempts to pass the agreement and would seek to hold parliamentary elections if his timetable did not generate the necessary support for its adoption by Parliament. After the vote, Mr Johnson announced that the law would be overturned while he held talks with other EU leaders.  On January 9, 2019, the government revised the timetable in light of the cancellation of the December 11, 2018 vote.  After the historic vote, President Sassoli said, “I am deeply saddened to believe that we have reached this point. Fifty years of integration is not easy to dissolve. We will all have to work hard to build a new relationship, always focusing on the interests and protection of citizens` rights.