Brexit bill clears final parliamentary hurdle ahead of January 31 exit

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question time debate in Parliament in London, Britain, January 22, 2020, in this screen grab taken from video. Parliament TV/Reuters TV via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain moved a step closer to its Jan. 31 exit from the European Union when the legislation required to ratify its deal with Brussels passed its final stage in parliament on Wednesday.

The bill will officially become law when it receives Royal Assent from Queen Elizabeth, something that could happen as soon as Thursday.

“At times it felt like we would never cross the Brexit finish line, but we’ve done it,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.

“Parliament has passed the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, meaning we will leave the EU on 31 January and move forwards as one United Kingdom.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the lower house of parliament, the House of Commons overturned changes the upper house, th


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