The receipt of the agreement in the House of Commons ranged from fresh 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. Northern Ireland is part of the customs territory of the United Kingdom. Accordingly, this Protocol shall not prevent the United Kingdom from including Northern Ireland in the scope of any agreement with third countries, provided that such agreements do not affect the application of this Protocol. The government has the power to repeal parts of the withdrawal agreement because the EU could “make extreme and inappropriate efforts” to treat the former British member. If no deal is reached before the deadline expires, the UK will “continue” and accept that a deal cannot be reached, Johnson said, adding that no deal would be a “good outcome”. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the old diplomatic cornerstone that “agreements must be respected” was “the basis for a successful future relationship.” 8. Any subsequent agreement between the Union and the United Kingdom shall indicate which parts of this Protocol it replaces. The agreement also provides for a transitional period that will last until 31 December 2020 and may be renewed by mutual agreement. . . .