As the deadline for Brexit approaches, the question on everyone`s mind is whether or not the withdrawal agreement needs to be ratified. Simply put, the answer is yes. But let`s delve a bit deeper into the reasons why ratification is necessary.
First and foremost, the withdrawal agreement is a legally binding document between the UK and the EU. As such, it requires the approval of both parties before it can take effect. If one or both parties do not ratify the agreement, it will not come into force and the UK will leave the EU without a deal.
In the case of the UK, ratification requires approval from the House of Commons and the House of Lords. This process involves a series of votes and debates, and the outcome is far from certain. With a divided government and a hung parliament, the ratification process has been anything but smooth.
On the EU side, ratification requires the approval of all 27 member states. This process is also subject to political wrangling and potential roadblocks, but is generally expected to be smoother than the UK`s ratification process.
Aside from the legalities of ratification, there are also practical reasons why it is necessary. The withdrawal agreement sets out the terms of the UK`s departure from the EU, including the transition period and the financial settlement. Without a ratified agreement, there would be no framework for these arrangements, leading to uncertainty and confusion for businesses, citizens, and governments on both sides.
Furthermore, ratification is necessary to ensure a stable and orderly exit from the EU. Without an agreement in place, the UK would be leaving the EU without a safety net, potentially leading to economic disruption, political instability, and a whole host of other problems.
In conclusion, the withdrawal agreement does need to be ratified in order for the UK to leave the EU in a stable and orderly manner. While the ratification process is complex and fraught with political challenges, it is a necessary step to ensure that the interests of both the UK and the EU are protected.