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EU governments sign off on Brexit deal

A Union Jack is displayed during a protest against Brexit near the European Parliament in Brussels on January 30, 2020 | Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

EU governments sign off on Brexit deal

Council of European Union’s decision clears way for UK’s departure.

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1/30/20, 3:28 PM CET

Updated 1/30/20, 3:35 PM CET

The European Union has got its part of Brexit done.

The Council of the EU, the body made up of the bloc’s member governments, today adopted a decision concluding the Brexit deal — a final legal step ahead of Britain’s departure from the bloc on Friday.

The decision was a formality, following Wednesday’s vote in the European Parliament to ratify the withdrawal agreement negotiated between the U.K. and the EU.

“The withdrawal agreement will enter into force upon the UK’s exit from the EU, on 31 January 2020 at midnight CET. From that time on, the UK will no longer be an EU member state and will be considered as a third country,” read an official press release published on the Council’s website.

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