The British Parliament, with a conservative majority, approved Friday the bill of the European Union withdrawal agreement
The British Parliament, with a conservative majority, thanks to the good results of Boris Johnson in the last elections, approved on Friday the bill of the European Union withdrawal agreement, so that the United Kingdom can leave the block on January 31.
The deputies of the House of Commons authorized by 358 against 234 votes that the text sponsored by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, pass to his next parliamentary procedure, the committee stage, where it can be amended before final approval, and in 2020.
Supported by his new majority of 80 deputies, Johnson has taken the opportunity to tighten the conditions of the exit agreement.
The bill, which transposes the agreement negotiated by the prime minister with Brussels in October into British law, includes a new clause that prohibits a member of the Government from extending the transition period after Brexit beyond the agreed date December 31, 2020.
It also eliminates previous provisions that gave Parliament some control over the negotiation with the EU around the future trade relationship, which will begin once the country is outside the community bloc.
The Government has also deleted a clause expressing the commitment not to lower labor standards acquired through European legislation, which Johnson says will address in a different law.
A “new chapter” for the United Kingdom
When inaugurating the debate before the vote, the conservative leader asked the parliamentarians for unity to materialize the exit of the EU, in compliance with the result of the 2016 referendum, in which 52 against 48% of the British supported Brexit.
“This is the time to act together” and “write a new chapter in the history of the country,” he said. However, the Labor Party, first of the opposition, considered that the pact obtained by Johnson was already “bad” and with the latest changes “is worse”, since it increases the possibility of a break without a trade agreement in 2020 and weakens the protections to workers and environmental rights.
After this vote, the first of the new Parliament after the conservative victory in the elections of December 12, the Chambers of Commons and Lords now enter the Christmas break and resume their activity on January 7.