Boris Johnson: We’ve crossed the Brexit finish line

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Boris Johnson has hailed crossing the “Brexit finish line” after the Parliament approved his Withdrawal Agreement Bill for the final time.

MPs in the House of Commons yesterday overwhelmingly rejected the changes that peers had tried to implement into the Bill in the House of Lords earlier this week.

The unelected Lords could have attempted to continue the battle over certain amendments to the agreement, but opted to bow to the elected chamber’s demands last night.

The legislation now just needs Royal Assent to be granted by the Queen to officially be made into law, plus the deal needs to be approved by the European Parliament.

Britain will then leave the European Union at 11pm on January 31 and enter into an 11-month transition period.

The Prime Minister called for the “rancour and division” of the Brexit process to be left behind and said the nation would “move forwards as one United Kingdom”.

He said: “At times it felt like we would never cross the Brexit finish line, but we've done it.

“Now we can put the rancour and division of the past three years behind us and focus on delivering a bright, exciting future - with better hospitals and schools, safer streets and opportunity spread to every corner of our country.”

The Queen's formal approval of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill is expected in the coming days while the European Parliament will hold its consent vote on January 29.

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom told talkRADIO she was "absolutely delighted" that the Bill has been agreed, despite the approval being an "anti-climax".

"Actually, in a way, it was a bit of an anti-climax - it was so long-awaited, the frustration of the past three and a half years has been incredible, so yes I'm absolutely delighted," she told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

Ms Leadsom added: "But I think what's really important is that we can now all move on, we cna start to look to the future."

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