The UK government and European Commission announced on 14 November 2018 that the full text of the draft UK-EU withdrawal agreement had been agreed at negotiators' level. A copy of the draft withdrawal agreement and an outline of the political declaration on the future UK-EU relationship was published late that evening after Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that her cabinet had collectively agreed to back the texts. However, Brexit secretary Dominic Raab announced his resignation from Cabinet, followed by other ministerial resignations, signalling the potential difficulties of getting the texts through the House of Commons.

The European Council needs to find that decisive progress has been made in the Article 50 negotiations to agree the full political declaration by 20 November 2018. A special European Council meeting has been convened for 9.30 am on Sunday 25 November 2018, at which EU27 leaders are expected to endorse the draft withdrawal agreement and approve the political declaration.

The European Commission adopted a Communication on a Contingency Action Plan, proposed reciprocal EU-UK visa-free travel and published a draft Implementing Regulation on EU-UK apportionment of World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariff rate quotas. The Council of the European Union approved Regulations on the relocation of the European Banking Authority (EBA) and confirmed agreement in principle to the future opening of an EU Delegation to the UK.

The Law Society has also published no-deal Brexit guidance for civil and commercial co-operation, and on family law co-operation in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Senior Director for Antitrust Enforcement delivered a speech on the future of competition enforcement in the UK, and the government consulted on UK regulation of new car and van CO2 emissions in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The House of Commons sifting committee launched an online engagement tool which gives you a short window to make submissions on Brexit Statutory Instruments (SIs) once they are laid for sifting.

No doubt as the week unfolds there will be further developments with regard to all of the above matters.

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