The British government has won a vote in the Lower House about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal. With 358 against 234 votes, parliamentarians gave the green light for further consideration of the legislation needed for leaving the EU on 31 January.
The consideration of the bill in the Lower House must be completed in early January. The law then goes to the Hogerhuis.
Johnson can probably steer the Brexit deal through parliament without any problems. His Conservative Party won a significant victory in last week’s national elections. As a result, he has little to fear from the opposition in the lower house.
The prime minister wants his country to leave the European Union on 31 January. Then begins over a transition period of eleven months.
The United Kingdom still complies with EU rules so that a trade agreement can be negotiated. The prime minister has his Brexit legislation state, among other things, that the transition period cannot be extended.
Johnson received the Brexit Act from the House of Commons before. Shortly after he got hold of his agreement with the European Union in October, parliament basically gave the go-ahead.
Only the prime minister did not receive a majority for the urgent treatment of the law, necessary for the Brexit to take place before 31 October.
Johnson again had to request a postponement in Brussels – until January 31 this time – and then continued the early elections. They resulted in a significant victory for the Tories. From January 6, the parliament returns from recess and Withdrawal Agreement Bill will also be debated and voted on by the House of Representatives.