RECOGNISING FURTHER that, in order for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the Union in an orderly manner, it is also necessary to lay down, in a separate Protocol to this Agreement, the special arrangements applicable to Gibraltar, in particular during the transitional period, 8. Any subsequent agreement between the Union and the United Kingdom shall specify which parts of this Protocol it replaces. As soon as a subsequent Agreement between the Union and the United Kingdom becomes applicable after the entry into force of the Withdrawal Agreement, this Protocol shall not apply or cease to apply from the date of application of this subsequent Agreement and in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement which specify the effect of this Agreement on this Protocol; as the case may be, in whole or in part. On the 15th. The UK is currently party to The Hague due to its EU membership, but this will cease when the UK leaves the EU on 31 January 2020. However, as mentioned earlier, the UK and the EU have agreed that the UK will be treated as an EU member state during the transition period for the purposes of international agreements, which will include The Hague. The UK would have joined The Hague itself in the event of a no-deal exit immediately after the withdrawal date, but given the Withdrawal Agreement, it is now expected that the UK will withdraw its instrument of accession and (presumably) accede to it from the end of the transition period. STRESSING that the objective of this Agreement is to ensure an orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union and Euratom, a Protocol on Northern Ireland (the `backstop`) is annexed to the Agreement, which establishes a fallback position which will only enter into force if no other effective arrangement is demonstrated before the end of the transition period. .