UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — European lawmakers will today take the final legislative step for the UK’s conditional departure from the European Union on January 31.
The European Parliament is expected to approve the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU.
The vote of 751 MEPs represents the final stage of ratification of the historic agreement.
Two days later, the road to Brexit will be opened after more than three years of negotiations and political stalemate.
Britain’s final break from the European family will take place on 24 January 31.
“I think in the next two years, there will be a great debate about what people in Europe are looking for. Do they want a Europe of trade cooperation or a Europe led by the Brussels institutions. I think Britain’s departure will mark the beginning. the last of the European project,” stated British MEP and Brexit initiator Najjel Feraj before the vote.
After Friday, the United Kingdom enters the 11-month phase of transition, when the country’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, is left to clarify the future of economic-political relations with the EU.
The ministers of France and Germany warn that this time may not be enough.
“If Boris Johnson wants a deal for 11 months, with zero quotas and tariffs, then we need guarantees that there will be zero dumping and a favorable situation for all parties. Negotiations are very simple but can also be complicated if there is no coherence,” French Chief diplomat Ameli de Monshala said on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Johnson has ruled out the possibility of extending the transitional period beyond the end of 2020.
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom will be the first country to emerge from the European political and economic bloc, leaving the EU with 27 member states.
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