UK lawmakers back Brexit law

UK lawmakers back Brexit law
# 20 December 2019 18:58 (UTC +04:00)

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson successfully tested his new parliamentary majority on Friday, with lawmakers approving his amended Brexit bill which puts the country on course to leave the EU by January 31, APA reports citing CNBC.

Lawmakers have agreed to the bill in principle and it will now be debated further by both chambers of Parliament early next year. But it now looks likely that it will complete its passage with 358 MPs (Members of Parliament) backing it and 234 voting against it.

Changes to the bill from October are seen as controversial by many. The new bill would outlaw any extension to the U.K.’s transition period which would run to December 31, 2020. This would tighten the gap that Britain has to agree a trade deal with the EU — increasing the chances of a no-deal Brexit.

Other changes would see more U.K. courts being allowed to reconsider laws made by the European Court of Justice. A clause on workers’ rights has been removed although the government has stated that this will be dealt with in a separate bill.

If passed into law, it would mean that the U.K. would leave the EU on January 31, three-and-half years after the 2016 referendum.

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