Published: Fri, January 24, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

EU chiefs sign Brexit deal ahead of parliamentary vote

EU chiefs sign Brexit deal ahead of parliamentary vote

Boris Johnson's historic Withdrawal Agreement Bill has been signed by the European Commission. Time stamps on the official photos show that the ceremony took place at around 2 a.m. local time (0100 GMT).

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The European Parliament still has to back the deal in a vote next week but its approval in London is a historic moment, as Britain edges closer to becoming the first country to leave the 28-member EU. It appears a formality after the assembly's influential constitutional affairs committee voted in favor by a large margin on Thursday.

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MPs in the Lower House of Commons had already backed the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which ratifies the divorce deal that Prime Minister Boris Johnson struck with Brussels a year ago.

The Government's withdrawal legislation cleared Parliament on Wednesday after peers, who had tried to secure additional rights including for unaccompanied child refugees, bowed to the will of MPs once the elected chamber overturned their demands.

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Mr Johnson said the country could now "move forwards as one" after "years of rancour" which brought repeated delays to the Brexit process, and forced former Prime Minister Theresa May from office.

Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen put their signatures to the document in Brussels after the Queen gave royal assent to the legislation implementing the agreement on Thursday.

Mr Johnson was handed another boost, following news of the legislation's royal assent, after the United States signalled it was willing to prioritise striking a trade deal with Britain.

During this time the two sides will set about negotiating their future relationship, on trade and a host of other matters including security and data sharing.

A transition phase will then come into effect, lasting until the end of the year, under which arrangements between the United Kingdom and the European Union will remain largely as they are now. The bill provides for a transition period to last until 23:00 GMT on 31 December 2020.

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