The bill has passed through the vote since first reading before Christmas – a stark contrast to the Brexit fight in the House of Commons that we have become accustomed to. And Mr Johnson is now preparing to rush the final vote to legalise everything before Brexit day, 31 January, after which Britain will enter the post-Brexit transition period. The withdrawal law, which aims to implement the Prime Minister`s Brexit deal with the EU in October, was presented in the Queen`s Speech on Thursday, which set out the government`s priorities for next year. The bill will now continue to go around the House of Commons and Lords to enter the law inevitably before 29 January, in time for the plenary session of the European Parliament, in order to ratify the October Brexit agreement. t.co/tt8j8igzO0 debate on the bill is generally short and is limited to what is actually in the bill, which means that possible amendments cannot be made (they are normally discussed at second reading). This bill aims to implement the agreement between the UK and the EU, in accordance with Article 50, paragraph 2, of the Treaty on the European Union, which sets out the terms of the UK`s exit from the EU. The agreement was revised as part of the Johnson Department renegotiation in 2019. The amendments amended about 5% of the text The receipt of the agreement in the House of Commons ranged from cold to hostile, and the vote was delayed by more than a month. Prime Minister May has received a motion of no confidence within her own party, but the EU has refused to accept further changes. EXPLANATIONs of MEPs after the vote: Part 1 and Part 2 The agreement also provides for a transitional period that will last until 31 December 2020 and which can be extended once by mutual agreement. During the transitional period, EU legislation will continue to apply to the UK (including participation in the European Economic Area, the internal market and the customs union) and the UK will continue to contribute to the EU budget, but the UK will not be represented in EU decision-making bodies.
The transition period will give businesses time to adapt to the new situation and the new era, so that the British and European governments can negotiate a new trade agreement between the EU and the UK.  On the European Union side, the European Parliament also approved the ratification of the agreement on 29 January 2020 and the Council of the European Union approved the conclusion of the agreement by e-mail on 30 January 2020.  That is why, on 30 January 2020, the European Union also tabled its instrument for ratification of the agreement, concluding the agreement and allowing it to enter into force on the date of the UK`s withdrawal from the EU on 31 January 2020, at 11 .m GMT. It`s from the BBC`s political correspondent, Iain Watson. He says up to 30 Labour MPs abstained from voting on the Brexit bill this afternoon or did not abstain. The vote followed a statement by committee chairman Antonio Tajani (EPP, IT) and a discussion between the Parliament`s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt (Renew Europe, BE) and the coordinators of the political groups. I have been told that more than 30,@UKLabour Members have either abstained or absent – I do not know if or to what extent it has mated The result of the vote in the House of Commons is expected at about 14:30 GMT. After an unprecedented vote on 4 December 2018, MEPs ruled that the UK government was not respecting Parliament because it refused to give Parliament full legal advice on the consequences of its proposed withdrawal terms.  The focus of the consultation was on the legal effect of the « backstop » agreement for Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom with regard to the customs border between the EU and the United Kingdom and its consequences on the Good Friday agreement which ended the unrest in Northern Ireland, including whether the UK would be assured, in accordance with the proposals, of being able to leave the EU in a practical sense.