Queen Elizabeth has given her royal assent to the Brexit Bill. Barring any unforeseen complication, the UK can begin its planned departure from the EU on January 31st. That’s next week.
Boris Johnson was jubilant yesterday after the bill passed parliament, and the PM is set to hail freedom from the EU when the UK leaves on January 31.
The Withdrawal Agreement still needs formal ratification from the European Parliament, in a vote to set for next Wednesday.
The House of Commons overturned all of the amendments the House of Lords tried to attach to the bill earlier this week – another victory for the PM.
The PM said yesterday the nation could now “move forwards as one United Kingdom”.
It’s obviously not that simple, but it is underway. A problem the EU will probably encounter as other nations discover they too might be better off outside the pact. They all would. Well, most of them.
Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, and Poland have significant support for an exit. The former Eastern Bloc countries, in particular, lean more heavily toward departure. No one has resolutions that I’m aware of, but the UK’s success combined with the nightmare of regional immigration and refugee policy will probably inspire some copy-cats.
Even France has been mentioned in passing as having had enough.
Back in Britain, the PM is beside himself.
“Now we can put the rancour and division behind us and focus on delivering a bright, exciting future — with better hospitals and schools, safer streets and opportunity spread to every corner of our country.”
After the EU signs off. Eventually. At some point. Next Wednesday. Maybe. We’ll see.
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