Published: Fri, January 10, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Johnson's Brexit bill passes without a single Labour vote in favour

Johnson's Brexit bill passes without a single Labour vote in favour

The legislation now heads to parliament's upper chamber and is expected to become law in the coming weeks, leaving enough time to allow Britain to leave at the end of the month with a deal to minimise economic disruption.

The House of Commons erupted in cheers after MPs ratified Prime Minister Boris Johnson's divorce deal with Brussels 330 votes to 231, drawing a line under an extraordinary era of political drama and chaos.

In a striking contrast to much of a year ago, when every Brexit vote risked bringing down the previous government and eventually did, Commons approval on Thursday is now a done deal.

"To all the members opposite who think they're about to vote to get Brexit done they must know what lies ahead.they know they must know that trade negotiations take time".

But, this isn't just about the EU.

But few MPs even bothered to turn up on Tuesday and Wednesday, with both sessions ending early, while the government easily saw off opposition attempts to amend the text.

The Brexit bill must still be passed by the unelected House of Lords and the European Parliament, which is seen as a formality. And, most importantly, the chances of stage one of Brexit effectively happening at 23:00 GMT on the 31st of January are solid.

The prime minister's official spokesman warned the House of Lords, where Johnson does not have a majority, not to frustrate the progress of the legislation.

The vote will be a crucial moment in the long-running process, with just the House of Lords left to navigate before the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on January 31.

Duchess Meghan Markle returning to Vancouver Island
When in the United Kingdom , they say they plan to keep living at their home, Frogmore Cottage, so long as the queen permits it. The couple only announced their plans to "step back" from their royal duties and move to North America yesterday, January 8.


He urged the government to "reconsider" its opposition to his party's plans, adding that Labour "may not win many votes in this parliament, but we can win the moral argument".

Britain and the European Union will then launch into negotiations on their future relationship, racing to strike new relationships for trade, security and a host of other areas by the end of 2020.

He also insisted that Britain's goal to have a full free trade deal by the end of the year was unrealistic.

Officials are saying that striking a new deal will be hard, especially in the tight deadline, which is till December.

The new EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen came to London yesterday for her first face-to-face talks with Mr Johnson.

"We can not expect to agree on every aspect of this new partnership", Barnier said, adding "we are ready to do our best in the 11 months".

Britain and the European Union will have to strike deals on everything from trade in goods and services to fishing, aviation, medicines and security.

"If Boris Johnson says it must end in 11 months from now and we need 15, 24 or 36 months, the 27 will take their time", she said.

After May's resignation in July past year, Johnson found himself chastised by a dramatic UK Supreme Court ruling in September that decreed the new Conservative chief acted unlawfully when he suspended Parliament, following accusations he had done so in order to force through a "disastrous" no-deal exit from the world's largest trading bloc.

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