Today, the Brexit Bill has passed through the House of Commons by Members of Parliament. The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 will now face further scrutiny by the House of Lords before the Amendments, if there are any, are considered and it is passed to the Queen for Royal Assent.
After three years of debate and multiple attempts by former Prime Minister Theresa May and current Prime Minister Boris Johnson to pass a Withdrawal Agreement, this is the furthest any deal to leave the EU made it through Parliament. It signifies a significant step towards the UK leaving the European Union on January 31st 2020.
With the Conservative majority that was gained during the December 2019 election, the Brexit Bill is expected to pass easily. The UK will then enter a transition period, in which the UK will remain in the EU’s customs union and single market, until 31st December 2020 during which a Trade Agreement will be made between EU states and the UK.
Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, commented:
“It has been a very strange but satisfying week back in Parliament. After so many Brexit defeats, dither and delay over the past three years seeing the Brexit Bill breeze through the Commons is gratifying.
“My position has always been to be a strong voice for Gosport, Hill Head, Stubbington and Lee-On-The-Solent in Westminster who overwhelmingly voted to leave in the 2016 referendum. I am pleased to see that this will now, finally, become a reality.”