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    UK Parliament Passes EU Withdrawal Bill, Paving Way for Brexit on January 31

    UK Parliament Passes EU Withdrawal Bill, Paving Way for Brexit on January 31

    PM Boris Johnson: “At times it felt like we would never cross the Brexit finish line, but we’ve done it.”

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal is set to become law after both houses of parliament approved the EU Withdrawal Agreement on Wednesday.

    The bill was cleared 342 to 254 in the Lower House after legislators rejected all amendments suggested by the House of Lords, including guarantees for accepting minor migrants from the continent.

    Wednesday’s vote paves the way for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January, awaiting formal permission from Her Majesty The Queen.

    “At times it felt like we would never cross the Brexit finish line, but we’ve done it,” Prime Minister Johnson declared following the vote.

    The UK newspaper Telegraph reported the passing of the bill:

    Boris Johnson promised a “bright, exciting future” after history was made with the passing of his Brexit Bill by both houses of Parliament on Wednesday night.

    The Withdrawal Agreement Bill will become law when it receives royal assent, confirming Britain’s exit from the EU on Jan 31.

    The Prime Minister said: “At times, it felt like we would never cross the Brexit finish line, but we’ve done it.” Having cleared Parliament, the new law will have to be ratified by the European Parliament in a vote that will take place on Jan 29, thought a formality.

    The Bill cleared its final Parliamentary hurdle at 6.17 pm when the House of Lords bowed to the will of the Commons, which had overturned every amendment by peers this week.

    Three years after a referendum over the country’s membership in the EU, the UK will leave the 27 member bloc in a week. The country was due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, as proposed by the then-Prime Minister Theresa May. Still, her plans were repeatedly rejected by an overwhelmingly pro-EU parliament, which included several lawmakers of her own party.

    May’s failure to see through the Brexit led to her resignation in July last year. Boris Johnson replaced her as the prime minister and called a snap election in December. The Johnson-led Conservative Party won a majority of 80 seats in the Lower House, reducing the pro-EU Conservative, Liberal, and Labour lawmakers to a minority.

    While the EU has agreed to Britain leaving the bloc, news reports suggest that Brussels intends to punish its leading trading partner and Europe’s second-largest economy.

    “EU preparing to give UK worse trade deal terms than Canada or Japan,” The Telegraph reported on Monday.

    Brussels is planning to hit Britain where it hurts the most. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, has drawn up a hit list to target the British financial sector for defying the EU to dictate regulations following the Brexit.

    “Commission officials told European Union diplomats they had identified 40 different types of financial services that could be frozen out of the EU’s market at a meeting in Brussels earlier this week,” The Telegraph disclosed in a separate report.

    The EU’s wrath has been intensified by the British government’s refusal to align itself to the EU laws after January 31. The EU Withdrawal Bill “paves the way for a new agreement on our future relationship with our European neighbors based on an ambitious free trade agreement … with no alignment on EU rules, but instead control of our own laws.” Johnson said last month after resoundingly winning the general election fought on those lines.

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    stevewhitemd | January 23, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Turnabout is fair play. The Brits could give the US a much better trade/finance deal than they give the EU. The US could give the Brits a great deal that is more favorable than what we have with the EU. See how that works out over the next decade or so.

    The US shouldn’t give the EU a cold shoulder, of course, but we can certainly work with the Brits, who appear to like us a heck of a lot more than the French, Germans and Belgians do.

      great unknown in reply to stevewhitemd. | January 23, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      why shouldn’t we give the EU the cold shoulder? at least until they stop behaving like tyrants.

      Edward in reply to stevewhitemd. | January 23, 2020 at 4:41 pm

      Not at al hard to like us more than the French. Once upon a time the Germans liked us, haven’t kept up to know how they stand today, though obviously the significant Muslim minority probably wouldn’t be called friends. Belgium doesn’t matter, they can’t sort out their own problems stemming from the Fleming/Walloon major cultural and language differences. Wonder if Brexit success will further the Fleming’s wish to separate Belgium into two countries (the Flemings believe they are supporting the Walloons).

    Absent are any details whatever.
    What might be the definition of Brexit today, I wonder.

    great unknown | January 23, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    The Queen has already granted Royal Assent [she was always pro-Brexit], and now Great Britain is ready to begin it’s own ascent.

    JusticeDelivered | January 23, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    I wonder how many will now follow. EU bureaucrats must be quaking at the prospects that their gravy train may be ending.

    BierceAmbrose | January 23, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Doubling down is only a good strategy if it works eventually. So…

    EU — You can’t leave.
    Perficious Albion — Lookie at this vote here.

    EU — You can’t get a decent exit agreement.
    PA — OK, we’ll take a non-decent agreement; anything’s better than this crap.

    EU — Fine, you shall be punished.
    PA — Hold my beer n watch this.

    *If* the EU throws everything at them n they still get out and prosper, the threats to everyone else look that much weaker, and there’s now a road map.

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