The members of the UK parliament voted today in favour of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, paving the way for UK’s scheduled divorce from the European Union on 31 January 2020.
With 358 votes in favour to 234 against, MPs agreed to give the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) a second reading, to be further debated and voted after Christmas, on 7-9 January.
To meet the late-January Brexit deadline, the WAB needs to pass the House of Lords during the first days of the new year and to receive the Royal assent by mid-January, so as to be put before the European Parliament to ratify it.
The bill that was reached in October with the EU, was recently amended by the PM with ease, as Johnson won last week an 80-seat majority, so as to prohibit the UK government from extending the transition period beyond 31 December 2020.
“It ensures we depart on 31 January. At that point Brexit will be done. It will be over,” said Johnson to MPs.