Brexit offers Britain a new dawn
Britain’s new parliament on Friday initially approved a revised EU divorce deal that sets up a high-stakes clash with Brussels over their future ties. The 358 to 234 vote paves the way for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver on his winning general election promise to get Brexit done by January 31. But it also pushes Britain and the remaining 27 European Union member states closer to another cliff edge that could end decades of unfettered trade when the post-Brexit transition period shuts at the end of 2020.
A snap poll last week gave Johnson’s pro-Brexit Conservatives a commanding majority of 365 seats in the 650-member lower House of Commons. The main opposition Labour party out of power since 2010 and riven by internal conflicts over Britain’s place in the world was relegated to its worst defeat since 1935. Johnson’s triumph dispelled any doubts over whether Britain would follow through on the results of its 2016 referendum and become the first nation to leave the bloc, ending almost half a century of EU membership.
Now is the time to act together as one reinvigorated nation, one United Kingdom, filled with renewed confidence in our national destiny and determined at last to take advantage of the opportunities that now lie before us, Johnson told lawmakers ahead of the vote. Vowing to finish the job, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing to bring his Brexit bill back to the House of Commons on Friday in his bid to ensure the country leaves the European Union by the end of January.
Johnson hailed a new dawn that would give certainty to businesses, three-and-a-half years after the UK voted by a narrow 52-48 margin to leave the world’s largest trading bloc. As part of his general election pledge to have Brexit decided by Christmas, the Conservative Party leader is set to re-introduce the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, as it is officially titled, for its second reading in the country’s lower legislative house.
Today, we will deliver on the promise we made to the people and get the Brexit vote wrapped up for Christmas, said Johnson on Thursday night.