framework agreements concluded at the end of the transitional period in accordance with a procedure covered by point (a) of this paragraph. Perhaps the biggest headliner was not the Withdrawal Agreement, but the accompanying political declaration, which was published at the same time and set the framework for a future relationship between the EU and Britain. On the second page, the European Commission made a clear commitment to carry out an assessment of UK data protection standards, with the intention of taking an adequacy decision before the end of the transitional period. 4. Notwithstanding paragraph 3, the United Kingdom may negotiate, sign and ratify, during the transitional period, international agreements concluded in its own title in areas falling within the exclusive competence of the Union, unless such agreements enter into force or apply during the transitional period, unless the Union has approved it. With the Withdrawal Agreement is published a very uncompretable form of the structure of the political declaration, that is, . . .