The European Commission has recommended to the European Council (Article 50) to approve the revised withdrawal agreement, including a revised protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, and to approve a revised political statement on the framework for future EU-UK relations. Assuming the European Parliament also gives the go-ahead, the UK will formally leave the EU on 31 January with a withdrawal agreement. The British Parliament approved the draft agreement by adopting on 23 January 2020 the implementing laws (the 2020 Withdrawal Agreement Act) of the European Union (withdrawal agreement). Following the signing of the agreement, the UK Government adopted and tabled the UK`s ratification instrument on 29 January 2020.  The agreement was ratified by the Council of the European Union on 30 January 2020, after approval by the European Parliament on 29 January 2020. The UK`s withdrawal from the EU came into force on 31 January 2020 at 11 .m GMT, when the withdrawal agreement came into force in accordance with Article 185. The new political declaration sets out the framework for future relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom and reflects the Government`s desire to conclude an ambitious, comprehensive, deep and flexible partnership on trade and economic cooperation with the EU, with a free trade agreement with the EU, in addition to security agreements and other areas of cooperation. The Council (Article 50) has been informed by the Commission`s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, of the progress of the ongoing negotiations with the UNITED Kingdom. Commissioner Barnier stressed the need to continue work on all withdrawal issues and reiterated that, given the lack of significant progress at the recent roundtables, preparatory work needed to be intensified so that the EU was ready to deal with any scenario. The chief negotiator also presented EU-27 ministers with a possible structure for future partnership negotiations with the UK. EU-27 heads of state and government discussed Brexit and the preparation of negotiations on future EU-UK relations after the withdrawal. They reaffirmed their objective of establishing as close a relationship as possible with the United Kingdom in the future and welcomed the Commission`s decision to reinstate Michel Barnier.