DESIRING to put in place appropriate arrangements to achieve the objectives of the arrangements provided for in Protocol No 3 following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union, RESOLVED to ensure an orderly withdrawal by various separation provisions in order to avoid any disturbance and to ensure legal certainty for citizens and economic operators and for the judicial and administrative authorities of the Union and of the United Kingdom, Although this Protocol does not exclude the possibility of replacing the relevant separation provisions with the agreement(s) on the future relationship, nothing in that Protocol in particular shall prevent the United Kingdom from concluding agreements with a third country which grant preferential access to the market of that country to products manufactured in Northern Ireland under the same conditions as products manufactured in other parts of the United Kingdom. 4. Notwithstanding paragraph 3, the United Kingdom may, during the transition period, negotiate, sign and ratify international agreements concluded in its own capacity in areas of exclusive Competence of the Union, provided that such agreements do not enter into force or apply during the transition period, unless authorised by the Union. The United Kingdom and the European Union reached an agreement at the European Council on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union. The revised Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration were discussed and approved at the European Council on 17 October 2019. The reception of the agreement in the House of Commons was from cold to hostile and the vote was delayed by more than a month. Prime Minister May won a no-confidence motion against her own party, but the EU refused to accept further changes. The United Kingdom shall continue to be entitled to its share of the amounts recovered under Member States` guarantees and to the balance of its appeal account in its Member States. The share of the United Kingdom referred to in this subparagraph shall be proportionate to its respective participation in each guarantee agreement. The United Kingdom will be able to conclude trade agreements with third countries; However, the customs union would significantly limit the UK`s ability to have significantly different trade relations with it, particularly with regard to goods. The UK would have more leeway to offer different conditions for trade in services and areas such as government procurement. .