By Helene Fung
A 358 to 234 vote in the House of Commons approved a revised EU divorce deal, which paves the way for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver on his winning general election promise to “get Brexit done” by January 31. The Withdrawal Agreement Bill now goes on to further scrutiny in Parliament.
Mr Johnson said ahead of the vote, “This is the time when we move on and discard the old labels of ‘leave’ and ‘remain’ … now is the time to act together as one reinvigorated nation, one United Kingdom.”
“It will be done. It will be over. The sorry story of the last three and a half years will be at an end and we will be able to move forward.”
It’s been three years since the UK voted to leave the EU; it had originally been scheduled to leave in March this year, but three House of Commons defeats of former Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal caused delays.
While Mr Johnson has the support of his 365 Conservative MPs in the 650-seat House of Commons, some Opposition members criticised him for removing the opportunity for Parliament to have oversight over his negotiating priorities in the next phase of talks.