In Britain, members of the British Parliament have backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan for the UK to leave the EU on 31st of next month.
They voted 358 to 234, a majority of 124 in favour of the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which now goes on to further scrutiny in Parliament. The PM said the country was now one step closer to getting Brexit done.
But it also pushes Britain and the remaining 27 European Union member states closer to another cliff edge that could end decades of unfettered trade when the post-Brexit transition period shuts at the end of 2020. A snap poll last week gave Johnson’s pro-Brexit Conservatives a commanding majority of 365 seats in the 650-member lower House of Commons.
The main opposition Labour party — out of power since 2010 and riven by internal conflicts over Britain’s place in the world — was relegated to its worst defeat since 1935. Johnson’s triumph dispelled any doubts over whether Britain would follow through on the results of its 2016 referendum and become the first nation to leave the bloc.
It has been a rocky 47-year sojourn that saw Brussels and London wrangle over currency controls and whose laws take precedence in specific fields.
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