In the absence of agreement on future relations between the EU and the UK and if the transition period is not extended, the amending regulations would come into force immediately. At present, UK and EU legislation remain unchanged. At the end of the transition period, the amendments to the amending regulations will come into force and ministers will have the power, for a short period of time, to make further amendments and corrections to UK legislation to ensure that they are feasible in the British context. However, major amendments should be submitted to the entire parliamentary procedure and are unlikely in the short term. Framework agreements are often concluded by an authority for itself and by a (often very large) number of other authorities. The trend is growing for parties who derive a potential right to purchase to obtain both an agreement to extend the status quo and a possible statute of limitations. Previously, it had been considered extremely risky to enter into an agreement that would “lock in” the 30-day limitation period, given the application of regulations and strict enforcement of deadlines, whereas these status quo agreements are commonly used throughout the jurisdiction for other claims. However, this position has weakened in recent months since the Amey Highways88 case was mentioned above, in which the court granted a brief extension of time on the basis of an agreement between the parties. Such agreements are now used to give parties more time to exchange information and examine their views before a procedure becomes immobile. The “automatic” suspension, which applies only to purchase challenges, occurs when an application form is issued prior to the award of the contract and does not require a court hearing. Once in force, the Authority cannot award the contract until the court terminates the suspension or the parties terminate it by way of agreement or compliant notice. 2. In Section 74 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (entry into credit or lease agreements: exclusion of certain agreements) (20), for alternative subsature (2A) – 84 It should be noted that in this case, the Authority had entered into a “status quo agreement” whereby the period would not be for prescription purposes for a period of time.