Britain leaves the EU on January 31 after the Queen approved the bill

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The bill to remove the UK from the European Union which will allow the country to leave the bloc on January 31 has become law today after receiving royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II.

The bill on Wednesday was approved by the House of Lords after it was sent back to the upper house of Parliament after various amendments were removed.

Legislation that would implement Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s negotiated withdrawal agreement with the EU was awaiting royal assent, a formality of monarch approval, to become law.

By law, Britain will leave the EU on January 31, when the transition period that expires on December 31, 2020, will begin.

The EU Withdrawal Bill passed the first phase of the legislative process in October, but Johnson delayed proceedings when it failed to get approval on a deadline to make it law before the Brexit deadline, on October 31.

Missing the October 31 deadline and being forced to seek an extension by the EU, Johnson declared a general election after the EU granted an extension by January 31, 2020.

Having secured a majority in the House of Commons, Johnson paved the way for the bill to become law before the end of January.


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