The British Parliament has passed the ratification law for the Brexit agreement. After the lower house, the bill passed the upper house. The MPs in the lower house had previously reversed several changes that had been made to the bill by the upper house. The Lords finally gave in.
Among other things, the changes had provided that EU citizens living in Great Britain should automatically be given the right to stay after Brexit. The government refused. EU citizens in the UK now have until the end of 2020 to apply for a residence permit. The government's majority also removed a right for unaccompanied minor refugees stranded in the EU to join relatives in the UK.
"Parliament has passed the Withdrawal Agreement, which means
that we leave the EU on January 31st and as a United
Kingdom look ahead, "said Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
"Sometimes it felt like we would never cross the Brexit end line, but we did."
Since the overwhelming win of the Johnson Conservative Party at the
The parliamentary election in December was no significant resistance against
the Brexit deal was more to be expected. It was different with his
Predecessor Theresa May from. The head of government was three times
with their Brexit agreement negotiated with Brussels in parliament
failed. Finally she gave up her job.
The actual negotiations are just beginning
After the approval of the House of Commons and Upper House, only the approval of Queen Elizabeth II is missing, after which the law goes to the European Parliament, which approves the treaty on January 29. However, both are only formalities. Britain will leave the European Union two days later, on 31 January.
The move comes more than three and a half years after the British voted in a historic referendum in June 2016 to leave the international community. Until the end of 2020, Great Britain will remain in a transition phase, during which practically nothing will change.
In this short period, Brussels and London must now agree on their future relations. The spectrum ranges from a trade agreement to a future partnership in the fight against crime and terrorism. It is possible to extend the complex negotiations. However, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already strictly rejected this and made it clear in his Brexit law that London cannot apply for a further deadline from the EU.
The UK exit celebrations seem rather modest in the UK. Johnson plans to deliver a speech on January 31. The head of the Brexit party, Nigel Farage, is planning a celebration with supporters near the parliament. He was prohibited from fireworks. The London landmark Big Ben, which is currently being renovated with great effort, should not ring for the EU exit.